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Claude de Forest Collection of Eero Saarinen and Associates Material

 Collection
Identifier: 1995-68

Collection Scope

This collection contains original cartoons created by de Forest related to Eero Saarinen &am; Associates and projects undertaken by that firm, as well as original photographs.

Dates

  • 1954 - 1962

Creator

Access

Access to the collection is unrestricted.

Use

Permission to use collection materials must be requested in writing.

History

Claude de Forest was born in 1931 in Basel, Switzerland. Both his uncle and grandfather were architects and as a child he was encouraged to frequent construction sites and even had his own desk in the architecture office. In 1949, the family emigrated to Canada, settling in Montreal where de Forest studied engineering at McGill University (1950-1951) and received his B.A. in architecture from the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg in 1955. He received his M.A. in architecture from MIT in 1956 before being hired by Eero Saarinen as a cartoonist and junior designer for Eero Saarinen & Associates from 1956-1958. Significant projects include Yale University: the Ingalls Hockey Rink, the IBM Research Center, TWA Terminal, University of Pennsylvania dormitory and Chicago Law School.

In 1958, de Forest traveled on a study trip to the Far East and then settled in Switzerland where he worked as a designer in his uncle’s firm. From 1959-1993, de Forest taught architecture at the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg and was a design consultant and partner on a number of architectural and urban planning projects. He became interested in housing and environmental design for individuals with disabilities and from 1991-1993 served as the Executive Director of the Canadian Institute for Barrier-Free Design.

De Forest married Yoshiko Hasegawa in Kyoto, Japan in 1960. He died on December 30, 2013 in Winnipeg, Canada, survived by his wife and three children.

Extent

.4 Linear Feet (1 MS, 4 folders)

Language of Materials

English

Abstract

Claude de Forest received his M.A. in Architecture from the Massachussetts Institute of Technology in 1956, before being hired by Eero Saarinen as a cartoonist and junior designer for Eero Saarinen & Associates from 1956-1958. Significant projects include Yale University, the Ingalls Hockey Rink, the IBM Research Center, TWA Terminal, University of Pennsylvania dormitory, and Chicago Law School. This collection contains original cartoons created by de Forest related to Eero Saarinen & Associates and projects undertaken by that firm, as well as original photographs.

Arrangement

The cartoons and drawings are arranged by Architectural Drawing number.

Other Finding Aids

Architectural drawings are catalaogued in Horizon.

Acquisition

Gift of Claude de Forest.

Related Materials

Astrid Sampe Collection of Eero Saarinen Correspondence (1995-87)

Jack M. Goldman Collection of Eero Saarinen and Associates Material (1995-46)

L. Gale Abels Collection of Eero Saarinen and Associates Material (1995-69)

S. Glen Paulsen Papers (1991-25)

Saarinen-Swanson Reunion Records (2001-14)

Transfers

Photographs were removed to the Photograph Special File. Cartoons and drawings were transferred to the Architectural Drawing Collection.

Processing History

Finding aid was created in 2013 by Leslie S. Edwards.
Title
Guide to the Claude de Forest Collection of Eero Saarinen and Associates Material
Status
Completed
Author
Leslie S. Edwards
Date
2013
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Edition statement
Resource record created by Laura MacNewman.

Repository Details

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

Contact:
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