Photo Friday: War Memorial, 1957

 

Eero Saarinen’s Milwaukee Art Museum (originally Milwaukee War Memorial), as it originally appeared in the 1950s. This photograph was taken by Balthazar Korab. Credit: Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division, Balthazar Korab Archive at the Library of Congress, [reproduction number, e.g., LC-DIG-krb-00175]

Eero Saarinen’s Milwaukee County War Memorial Center, as it appeared around the time of its dedication in 1957. Saarinen, who also designed the St. Louis Arch, died in 1961 while undergoing surgery. He was 51. This photograph was taken by Balthazar Korab. Credit: Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division, Balthazar Korab Archive at the Library of Congress, [reproduction number, e.g., LC-DIG-krb-00175]

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2 comments

    1. It is a very cool design. According the War Memorial’s website, the building is “a floating cruciform with cantilevered portions” and “considered a classic in the development of modern architecture.” Makes me feel kind of guilty driving past it a few hundred times without giving it a glance!

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