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Tartu St. Paul’s Church

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This building is very unique to the other buildings that Eliel Saarinen designed.  The St. Paul’s Church is the only Estonian sacral building in the style of art nouveau.  It was first finished in 1919 but during WW2 there was a fire that damaged the building.  It was re-constructed in 1966 by Merja Nieminen and Karl Javinen with the inspiration of Eliel Saarinen.  Even though there are not any pictures of the old building you can see the inspiration from the reconstruction.

Hvitträsk

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This building is incredible!  The layout is so unique and creative it’s fascinating.  The building was designed in 1902 as a studio for Finnish architects.  Eliel Saarinen later took over the home and added some of his own flavor.  Inside there is a dome that helps open up the walls for more windows to create more natural light making the building have a happier atmosphere.

Cranbrook Educational Community

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The Cranbrook Educational community is definitely my favorite designed by Eliel Saarinen and his son in the 1920’s.  This campus is absolutely beautiful, tons of fountains, stunning landscapes.  It is located in Michigan and is a National Historic Landmark.  The community has a museum, an institute for science, gardens and a play house.   Just looking at the garden is relaxing with all the colors from the trees.

Kleinhans Music Hall

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The Kleinhans Music hall is designed by Eliel Saarinen and built in the late 1930’s in Buffalo, New York.  This music hall has 2,400 seats and is very pleasant to look at in the night time when it has their lights on.  With his sons help, this building is “one of the greatest concert halls in the United States.”  In 1949 President Truman’s daughter performed here with accompaniment by the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra.  I am most impressed with its durability and how much it is still used today, almost 80 years later.

Epcot

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Epcot

My first blog starts off with Epcots Spaceship Earth.  This building was constructed in the early 1980’s with help from science fiction writer Ray Bradbury.  Spaceship Earth is a very entertaining building that I first witnessed this spring with my girlfriend.  I have very good memories of this building and I always will remember the first time I saw it and how impressed I was that there was an entire Disney ride inside of it. 

 

Devon Tower

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Devon Tower

The Devon Tower is a staple to OKC life.  To some non Oklahoma natives, Devon is the only real sky scraper in OKC.  Jon Pickard was the architect in 2009 till the completion in 2012.  The first time I was able to be in the building, I was fortunate enough to go all the way to the top floor.  Just being able to marvel in such a huge engineering feat is absolutely spectacular.   When no other buildings around it currently block much of your view from the fifty second floor the view at sunset can be breath taking. 

USAFA Chapel

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USAFA chapel

This is the Chapel at the United States Air Force Academy.  I was born at the hospital down the street in 1994 but this chapel had a large impact on me.   The chapel was completed in 1962 by Walter Netsch and Harold E. Wagoner.  Every time I have been up to the Academy I have to see this gorgeous building.  The aspects of the building are flawless, every inch is perfect.  The lines, the points, the bumps, everything!  

The Louvre

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The Louvre by I. M. Pei is an absolute stunning building and creation but when I went I was only 12 and I absolutely hated every second of it.  I was not thrilled to be there in the first place.  Long flights on a family vacation I did not have much of a say in.  I wanted to go on a cruise.  We walked for hours around the floors and I do remember seeing the Mona Lisa and that being the highlight of my day, but I just did not enjoy being there.  Looking back I remember the details in the buildings because I was excited to walk into the glass pyramid.