Monday, April 25, 2011

Dan Kiley Fort Wayne Drawings Donated to the Archive

The Archive recently received a gracious donation from landscape architecture professor Malcolm Cairns of Modernist landscape architect Dan Kiley’s set of drawings for Concordia Senior College, now known as Concordia Theological Seminary, in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Kiley designed the landscape in 1955, collaborating with architect Eero Saarinen who designed the buildings for the site. Illustrative of their longstanding history of partnership and design synthesis, these drawings depict their holistic Modernist aesthetic for the built environment.

If you appreciate modern design, you've no doubt heard about the upcoming opening of the Miller House in Columbus, Indiana. Another sublime and synchronous masterpiece of Saarinen architecture and Kiley landscape, although this time with Alexander Girard designs for the home's interior, the Miller House is now under the auspices of the Indianapolis Museum of Art and will be open for tours this spring.

We’re thrilled to have copies of Kiley's important Concordia Theological Seminary designs in our collection. They are available for research by students, faculty, and outside researchers.

Image: Dan Kiley Concordia Senior College drawings, 1955, (G 2011.014) Drawings + Documents Archive, Archives and Special Collections, Ball State University Libraries.

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