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October 8, 2008 Preservation

More on Saarinen’s American Embassy in London

The architecture critic of the Sunday Times (London) argues that the Eero Saarinen-designed U.S. Embassy in London should not be lost as the State Department seeks a new home elsewhere in the city. “Like it or loathe it, this building has enormous character, the expression of a subtle architectural intelligence,” Huge Pearman writes in the Wall Street Journal. “I know this: If we lose it, we will come to regret it.”

In an accompanying article, Joel Henning describes how the University of Chicago Law School revitalized its buildings completed by Saarinen in 1960 rather than tear them down and start from scratch. Check out the all the Saarinen and Eames furniture the lawyers-to-be get to enjoy as they hit the books in Saarinen’s renovated library tower, which was done by the architecture and design firm OWP/P. Here’s another story from the Chicago Tribune.