Photo of Cesar Pelli.
Pelli continues the exploration of structure and enclosing wall.
I.I.T. Alumni Memorial Hall by Van der Rohe. Courtesy: Hedrich-Blessing Collection (HB-09767-A), Chicago History Museum.
Pelli worked on the TWA flight center in Saarinen’s office. Shows a black and white photograph of a parking lot with the entrance in the background.
The ramp taking one up to the rooftop parking deck has a Saarinen quality to it. The ramp up to the parking deck is a spiral structure. One can see the beginning of the demolition in the background.
A side view of a tall brick building there are white columns on the corner of the building.
Top: The intersection of the ramp and the building show the many opportunities to express the columns in different ways. Bottom Left: Detail of the ramp building intersection. Bottom Right: The elegant relationship between the brick infill and the columns.
Mushroom capped columns and brick infill defined the building. One is able to see the half-demolished wall and the columns that support the floor. Concrete block litter the ground.
The public post office portion of the building is the first portion to have been demolished.
The dramatic view of the building from the tarmac.
Pelli’s Reagan airport shows his continued interest in the repetitive form of the postal center.