Eliel Saarinen

Gottlieb Eliel Saarinen (1873 - 1950)

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Gottlieb Eliel (Eliel) Saarinen
Born in Rantasalmi, Southern Savonia, Finlandmap
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Died in Bloomfield Hills, Oakland, Michigan, United Statesmap
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Biography

Eliel Saarinen is Notable.

Eliel Saarinen was a Finnish architect. His designs include the National Museum of Finland, the Helsinki Central railway station, the Vyborg Railway Station in Russia, and the Finnish pavilion at the World Fair of 1900.

He was born in Rantasalmi, Southern Savonia, Finland on 20 August 1873.[1] He was the son of Juho Saarinen and Selma Broms.[2] His father was in the clergy.[3] Eliel spent part of his childhood in Ingria, near St. Petersburg, Russia.[4] He attended Helsinki University of Technology.[5] From 1896 to 1905, he worked for the firm Gesellius, Lindgren, and Saarinen.[6]

Eliel married Mathilda Tony Charlotta Gyldén on 15 November 1899.[7] After they divorced, she married his partner Herman Gesellius,[8] and on 6 March 1904, he married Herman's sister Louise Gesellius.[9][10] Eliel and Louise had a daughter, Eva-Lisa, and a son, Eero, who also became a famous architect.[11]

After his noted competition entry for the Tribune Tower in Chicago, Illinois, Eliel and his family moved to the United States. He arrived on 7 March 1923,[12] and his wife and children joined him on 17 April 1923.[13] They returned to Finland, but the family emigrated soon afterward; they arrived in New York, New York on the Mauretania on 25 September 1924.[14] They resided in Ann Arbor, Michigan, where Eliel was a visiting professor of architecture at the University of Michigan.[15][16]

In 1925, he was asked to design the campus of the Educational Community.[17] He became president of the Cranbrook Academy of Art in 1932.[18]

He received the AIA Gold Medal in 1947.[19]

Eliel died on 1 July 1950 in Bloomfield Hills, Oakland County, Michigan.[20][21] He was buried on the grounds of his summer home in Kirkkonummi, Uusimaa, Finland.[22]

Sources

  1. Eliel Saarinen. Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia. Wikimedia Foundation, Inc. 3 Sep 2016. [1]
  2. Eliel Saarinen. Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia (Finnish). Wikimedia Foundation, Inc. 23 April 2016. [2].
  3. Eliel Saarinen: Architect Biography
  4. Eliel Saarinen: Architect Biography
  5. Eliel Saarinen. Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia. Wikimedia Foundation, Inc. 3 Sep 2016. [3]
  6. Eliel Saarinen. Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia. Wikimedia Foundation, Inc. 3 Sep 2016. [4]
  7. Saarinen Family Papers. Cranbrook Archives. [5]
  8. Eliel Saarinen. Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia. Wikimedia Foundation, Inc. 3 Sep 2016. [6]
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  10. Saarinen Family Papers. Cranbrook Archives. [8]
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  12. Passenger list, Majestic, Southampton, England to New York, New York, 7 March 1923. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at New York, New York, 1820-1897. Microfilm Publication M237, 675 rolls. NAI: 6256867. Records of the U.S. Customs Service, Record Group 36. National Archives at Washington, D.C. Ancestry.com. New York, Passenger Lists, 1820-1957 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2010.
  13. Passenger list, Majestic, Southampton, England to New York, New York, 17 April 1923. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at New York, New York, 1820-1897. Microfilm Publication M237, 675 rolls. NAI: 6256867. Records of the U.S. Customs Service, Record Group 36. National Archives at Washington, D.C. Ancestry.com. New York, Passenger Lists, 1820-1957 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2010.
  14. Passenger list, Mauretania, Southampton, England to New York, New York, 25 Sep 1924. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at New York, New York, 1820-1897. Microfilm Publication M237, 675 rolls. NAI: 6256867. Records of the U.S. Customs Service, Record Group 36. National Archives at Washington, D.C. Ancestry.com. New York, Passenger Lists, 1820-1957 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2010.
  15. Polk's Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti and Washtenaw County Directory 1924. Detroit: R. L. Polk & Co., 1924. Ancestry.com. U.S. City Directories, 1822-1995 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2011.
  16. Polk's Ann Arbor City Directory 1925. Detroit: R. L. Polk & Co., 1925. Ancestry.com. U.S. City Directories, 1822-1995 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2011.
  17. Eliel Saarinen. Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia. Wikimedia Foundation, Inc. 3 Sep 2016. [10]
  18. Eliel Saarinen. Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia. Wikimedia Foundation, Inc. 3 Sep 2016. [11]
  19. American Institute of Architects. Gold Medal Award Recipients. [12]
  20. Ancestry.com. Michigan, Death Records, 1867-1950 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2015.
  21. "Cranbrook Architect Dies at 77." Detroit Free Press, 2 July 1950, p. 1.
  22. Find A Grave, Eliel Saarinen


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