Law School Architecture

THE LAW SCHOOL

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