Perhaps the most famous father-son duo in the architectural world, Eliel and Eero Saarinen share more than just a last name. The two designers both left profound influences upon the cities where they did their work, both were awarded AIA Gold Medals, and, rather uncannily, both share the very same date of birth. But, when it comes to their architectural stylings, that’s where the comparisons end. Find out more about both after the break. Eliel Saarinen (1873 – 1950), was known in his native Finland for his art nouveau-inspired works (a style later christened as Finnish National Romanticism), culminating in the Helsinki Central railway station. Eero Saarinen (1910–1961), however, gained fame as one of the leaders of the International Style, designing curvy landmarks that transformed the American landscape. We at ArchDaily have featured many of his projects as AD Classics: the David S. Ingalls Skating Rink ,Miller House, the MIT Chapel, and, even more famously, the TWA Terminal, Dulles International Airport (named by PBS as one of the 10 buildings that changed America), and St. Louis’ Gateway Arch. The exhibition Eero Saarinen: A Reputation for Innovation, which opened in April 2013 at the A+D Architecture and Design Museum in Los Angeles, presented two key projects by Saarinen: the unbuilt Smithsonian Gallery of Art, which was to be Washington DC’s first museum of modern art, and Dulles International Airport, which was designed as the nation’s first jet airport.
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