Eero Saarinen: The Architect Who Saw the Future

Eero and Eliel Saarinen Compete for St. Louis

The famous Gateway Arch in St. Louis came out of an architectural competition, where both Eliel and his son, Eero, entered designs. Confusion over a telegraph addressed to “E. Saarinen” led to a celebration for Eliel, when it was actually Eero who had won the competition. The design won Eero critical recognition and helped launch his career as an architect of renown.


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