Earlier in the month, GM Authority told you about how the General Motors Tech Center has been designated a National Historic Landmark. Curbed has done a nice retrospective on this “industrial Versailles” that was completed in 1956.
The U.S. Interior Department and National Park Service noted in its commendation,”The G.M. Tech Center marked [Eero] Saarinen’s emergence onto the national stage, and was the first of his four influential suburban corporate campuses that represented a sea change in American business facilities. The GM campus represents Saarinen’s work not just as a creator of buildings, but also as the planner/designer of total environments.”
A case could be made that the Neoprene insulation strips under the façade was an early use of green technology; that leading-edge thinking may come in handy once again as GM mulls how to fix $75M worth of damage due to flooding this past summer.
To see more vintage photos of the GM Tech Center, visit Curbed‘s website.