Art: Without a Dissenting Line

The genius of Eero Saarinen was rewarded twice last week. The New York chapter of the American Institute of Architects presented his widow, Aline, with its Medal of Honor, a tribute to the "combined esthetic delights and technical rewards" of Saarinen's diverse forms. And the Columbia Broadcasting System announced that construction will start this spring on its new 38-story freestanding tower—Saarinen's only building in Manhattan and his only skyscraper.

When Saarinen died at 51 last September, he left a portfolio of projects that include much of his most daring work.† Of these, the CBS building was unique in Saarinen's eyes because "it...

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