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Today is Finnish-American architect and industrial designer Eero Saarinen's birthday, he of everlasting Gateway Arch fame.  Saarinen designed the Gateway Arch with German-American engineer Hannskarl Bandel in 1947, although construction didn’t begin until the mid-1960s.  Now part of the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial, the Gateway Arch is the world’s tallest arch and purported to denote St. Louis as the Gateway to the West.  [Of course, there were a number of earlier gateways to the West before expansion kept pushing the gateways west, most notably Pittsburgh, PA.]  Saarinen designed a number of other buildings throughout his adoptive land, and while he inspired a good deal of criticism in his time, he has since enjoyed a [posthumous, of course] resurgence of interest in his work.
Stamp details:Issued on: May 27, 2006From: Washington, DCDesigned by: Richard SheaffIllustrated by: Lonnie BuschSC #4044

Today is Finnish-American architect and industrial designer Eero Saarinen's birthday, he of everlasting Gateway Arch fame.  Saarinen designed the Gateway Arch with German-American engineer Hannskarl Bandel in 1947, although construction didn’t begin until the mid-1960s.  Now part of the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial, the Gateway Arch is the world’s tallest arch and purported to denote St. Louis as the Gateway to the West.  [Of course, there were a number of earlier gateways to the West before expansion kept pushing the gateways west, most notably Pittsburgh, PA.]  Saarinen designed a number of other buildings throughout his adoptive land, and while he inspired a good deal of criticism in his time, he has since enjoyed a [posthumous, of course] resurgence of interest in his work.

Stamp details:
Issued on: May 27, 2006
From: Washington, DC
Designed by: Richard Sheaff
Illustrated by: Lonnie Busch
SC #4044

(Source: arago.si.edu)

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