Eliel Saarinen

Finnish-American architect

Gottlieb Eliel Saarinen (Finnish pronunciation: [ˈeliel ˈsɑːrinen]; August 20, 1873 – July 1, 1950) was a Finnish-American architect known for his work with art nouveau buildings in the early years of the 20th century.

Gottlieb Eliel Saarinen
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Eliel Saarinen
BornAugust 20, 1873
DiedJuly 1, 1950(1950-07-01) (aged 76)
Spouse(s)Loja Saarinen
ChildrenEero Saarinen
AwardsAIA Gold Medal
BuildingsHelsinki Central railway station

National Museum of Finland
Vyborg railway station

Kleinhans Music Hall
ProjectsFinnish pavilion at the World Fair of 1900
DesignFinnish markka banknotes introduced in 1922


Work Location Finished Picture
Finnish Pavilion at the Exposition Universelle Designed with Herman Gesellius and Armas Lindgren Paris 1900  
Hvitträsk Kirkkonummi 1902  
National Museum of Finland Helsinki 1904  
Helsinki Central railway station Helsinki 1909  
Lahti Town Hall Lahti 1911  
Vyborg railway station Vyborg 1913  
Joensuu Town Hall Joensuu 1914  
Saint Paul's Church Tartu 1917  
Marble Palace Helsinki 1918  
Munkkiniemi Pension house Helsinki 1920  
Koussevitzky Music Shed Lenox 1938  
Kleinhans Music Hall Buffalo 1940  
Crow Island School Winnetka 1940–41  
First Christian Church Columbus, IN 1942  
Cranbrook Educational Community Bloomfield Hills 1940's  
Des Moines Art Center Des Moines 1948  
Christ Church Lutheran Minneapolis 1949  

More readingsEdit

  • Saarinen, Eliel (1985). The search for form in art and architecture. New York: Dover.
  • Saarinen, Eliel (1943). The City: Its Growth, its decay, its future. New York: Reinhold publishing corporation.
  • Hausen, Marika (ed) (1984). Eliel Saarinen: 1873-1950 - Works in Finland. Helsinki: Museum of Finnish Architecture.CS1 maint: extra text: authors list (link)
  • A&E with Richard Guy Wilson, Ph.D.,(2000). America's Castles: Newspaper Moguls, Pittock Mansion, Cranbrook House & Gardens, The American Swedish Institute. A&E Television Network.
  • Hill, Eric J. and John Gallagher (2002). AIA Detroit: The American Institute of Architects Guide to Detroit Architecture. Wayne State University Press. ISBN 0-8143-3120-3.
  • Pelkonen, Eeva-Liisa (2006). Eero Saarinen. New Haven: Yale University Press. ISBN 0-300-11282-3.