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Roger T. Johnson Collection of Eero Saarinen and Associates Material

Identifier: 1998-03

Collection Scope

This collection contains items related to Eero Saarinen & Associates and projects undertaken by that firm from 1947-1956. The collection consists of correspondence and a statistical report on Kleinhans Music Hall, specifications for Concordia Senior College, and correspondence and demolition plans for Milwaukee War Memorial Center. Also included is a notepad from Eero Saarinen and Associates.


  • 1946 - 1956



Access to the collection is unrestricted.


Permission to use collection materials must be requested in writing.


Roger T. Johnson was born August 17, 1927. In 1941, he began working for his father’s construction firm, and married in 1948. He received his BA in Architecture from the University of Minnesota in 1950, and in 1951, applied to Smith Hinchman and Grylls for a position on the GM Tech Center. Instead, he was assigned to the Atomic Energy Project in Paducah, KY which he was not interested in. He then moved on to work at O’Dell, Hewlett and Lukenbach in Birmingham and Magney, Tusler & Setter before working at Eero Saarinen & Associates. In 1953, Joe Lacy offered Roger the position of job captain for the Milwaukee War Memorial Center project. Johnson was responsible for preparing the contract documents, and after the bids were accepted in 1955, he monitored the work on the project for the next 15 months. From 1955-1956, he also assisted Kevin Roche in the construction stage of the Miller House. During this time, Johnson also spent limited time on parts of the MIT Chapel/Auditorium, the TWA Terminal, and a few additional projects. In 1957, after leaving ES&, Roger established a partnership with Len Parker (also from ES&), then his own office from 1959-1999. His projects were primarily medical, public institutional and collegiate buildings, including 17 buildings now on the National Register of Historic Places.


.2 Linear Feet (1 MS)

Language of Materials



The collection contains items related to projects undertaken by Architectural firm Eero Saarinen & Associates from 1947-1956. The materials were compiled by Roger T. Johnson (1927-), former architect with Saarinen & Associates from 1951-1957.


Too small to be arranged in a series format. The files were maintained in their original order.


Gift of Roger T. Johnson.

Related Materials

Jack M. Goldman Collection of Eero Saarinen & Associates Materials (1995-46); L. Glen Abels Collection of Eero Saarinen & Associates Materials (1995-69); Astrid Sampe Collection of Eero Saarinen Correspondence (1995-87); S. Glen Paulsen Papers (1991-25); Saarinen-Swanson Reunion Records (2001-14); Richard Shirk Collection of Eero Saarinen & Associates Materials.


Photographs: In Photograph Special File.

Processing History

Processed by Leslie S. Edwards, 2004.

Guide to the Roger T. Johnson Collection of Eero Saarinen and Associates Material
Original finding aid written by Leslie S. Edwards.
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Edition statement
Resource record created by Nichole L. Manlove.

Repository Details

Part of the Cranbrook Archives, Cranbrook Center for Collections and Research Repository