Law School Architecture


Eero Saarinen, Architect
Originally located in Stuart Hall, on the other side of the Midway, the Law School needed room to expand by the 1950s. A site across the Midway, near the National Headquarters of the American Bar Association, was chosen. The new facilities would be a mix of old and new, in keeping with the distinguished architectural design of Eero Saarinen. Saarinen, a famed Finnish-American modernist architect of the twentieth century, had been known for his designs for New York’s Idlewild Airport (now JFK) and St. Louis’s Gateway Arch. He designed a space for the Law School that was thoroughly modern while respecting the formal beauty of the nineteenth-century gothic buildings across the Midway.

The original buildings in Saarinen’s design include the Administration Wing, the D’Angelo Law Library and Green Lounge, and the Classroom Wing, including Classrooms I-IV. Chief Justice Earl Warren of the Supreme Court laid the cornerstone in 1958. Vice President Richard Nixon