Rediscovering Saarinen

Forgotten Eero: Rediscovering Saarinen, the man behind the Gateway Arch, Dulles, and some really comfy chairs.
By Witold Rybczynski, Slate 6/11/08

“At Yale’s Morse and Stiles Colleges, he invented a rough concrete wall that would echo the nearby craggy neo-Gothic buildings….The picturesque result turned out less neo-Gothic than peasant vernacular, however, and the colleges have often been likened to an Italian hill town. If the IBM manufacturing facility anticipated Norman Foster and the High-Tech movement, Morse and Stiles pointed the way to Charles Moore’s Sea Ranch and Postmodernism. It must be said that the inflexible single rooms, basement common rooms, and rather austere architecture of Morse and Stiles have never been popular with Yale students.”

Posted by: Tanya

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