POST 2 Eliel Saarinen



ELIEL SAARDINEN ,  August 20 1873 – July 1  1950

Eliel Sarrinen was an architect famous for his influence on modern architecture in the U.S.A ,particularly on skyscrapers and churches.

Before moving to the USA in 1923 ,Finland born Eliel was at the forefront of architects in his  home land .By 1914 he was widely known throughout Europe for his Helsinki railroad station . The station mostly clad in Finnish granite ,and  with its distinguishing features  the clock tower ,  two pairs of statues  holding spherical lamps that are lit up at night time , along with the beautiful  organic curvature at the grand front entrance are so symbolic with the Art Nouveau movement that swept through the decorative arts and architecture in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, where artists drew inspiration from both organic and geometric forms,evolving elegant designs that united flowing,natural forms with  more angular contours.

in 2013 it was chosen as one of the worlds most beautiful railway stations ,showing a real tribute to the  timeless beauty of Eliel Saarinens work.

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Helsinki railway station 1919 


Tabernacle Church of Christ ,designed by Eliel Saarinen ,built in 1942 ,was the first contemporary building built in Columbus and one of the first churches in america to be built in a contemporary  architectural style .


Tabernacle Church of Christ .1942

Eliel Saarinen furniture design

These magnificent arm chairs were originally designed in 1929-1930 by Eliel Saarinen  for his home on the Cranbrook Academy campus shortly before becoming president of the institution. The chairs represent a classic pairing of the elder Saarinen’s architectual and decorative aesthetic within the Art Deco mode.



this is a set of dining chairs designed by Eliel Saarinen foe Keirkner residence,Helsinki 1907.They consist of an oak frame with marquetry of birch , ebony , mahogany  and pewter ,leather  upholstery.


Significant works[edit]

Saarinen designed entire city districts of Helsinki, but they were never built due to cost. This picture shows his plan for the Haaga district.
Work Location Finished Picture
Finnish Pavilion at the Exposition Universelle Paris 1900 Finnish Pavilion at Paris 1900.jpg
Hvitträsk Kirkkonummi 1902 Hvitträsk1.JPG
National Museum of Finland Helsinki 1904 Helsinki Kansallismuseo 2006.jpg
Helsinki Central railway station Helsinki 1909 Helsinki Railway Station 20050604.jpg
Lahti Town Hall Lahti 1911 Lahti city hall.jpg
Vyborg railway station Vyborg 1913 Asematori-Viipuri.jpg
Joensuu Town Hall Joensuu 1914 Joensuun kaupungintalo.jpg
Saint Paul’s Church Tartu 1917 Tartu Pauluse kirik 2008.JPG
Marble Palace Helsinki 1918 Itäinen Puistotie 1.jpg
Munkkiniemi Pension house Helsinki 1920 Munkkiniemen pensionaatti.jpg
Kleinhans Music Hall Buffalo 1940 Kleinhans buffalo.jpg
Crow Island School Winnetka 1940-41 Crow Island School.jpg
First Christian Church Columbus 1942 FirstChristianChurch.jpg
Cranbrook Educational Community Bloomfield Hills 1940’s Cranbrook Tower and Quadrangle.jpg
Des Moines Art Center Des Moines 1948 Des Moines Art Center.jpg
Christ Church Lutheran Minneapolis 1949 Christ Church Lutheran 1.jpg


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