Eero Dynamic

Saarinen, the man who made Modernism sexy, is finally getting his due

Hely-Hutchinson for TIME

Yale's Ingalls Rink is Saarinen at his most voluptuous.

In the decades after World War II, when America was assuming its new role as the center of the known universe, Eero Saarinen was the man who supplied it with an architecture suited to the place where the future happened. For the marquee names of American capitalism — General Motors, IBM, CBS — he designed buildings that were more than just corporate facilities. They were signposts for modernity, theirs and the nation's. For New York City and Washington, Saarinen provided airport terminals that were symbols of the excitement and glamour of air travel. (It was once possible to think of air...

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