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Eero Saarinen What did you think when you heard that You probably thought Who is that I have never heard of him That is not surprising because he accomplished many things he is not well known for unless you do crossword puzzles-- which are filled with unusual information If you do know who he is however it is probably because of his architecture or his curious furniture After a very brief overview of Eeros life the focus will be on his work involving Dulles International Airport Eero Saarinen was born on August 20 1910 in Kirkkonummi Finland to Eliel and Loja Gesellius Saarinen He and his family moved to the United States and became naturalized citizens in 1923 His father who was an architect as well settled near Bloomfield Hills Michigan because there was a lot of architectural work needed in that area Eero Saarinen married Lillian Swann in 1939 and had two children Eric 1942 and Susan 1945 Eero and Lillian were divorced however and he eventually married Aline Louchheim and they had a boy named Eames 1954 Saarinen worked on many great architectural designs and won many awards among these buildings were Dulles International Airport the Master Plan for the University of Michigan Drake University General Motors Technical Center and Vassar College to name a few Eero died September 1 1961 in Ann Arbor Michigan after having brain surgery on a tumor Saarinen 104 The airport was originally in Chantilly Virginia and was originally called Washington International Airport but was later named after John Foster Dulles The building is 600 feet long and has huge columns that stretch up 65 feet to reach the large awning that canopies the large terminal This was the first airport to be built in which the travelers convenience was considered in every line drawn on the blueprint Temko 113-114 Dulles International Airport was constructed mainly for the use of jets The airports odd design is actually quite
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