Mies and Jackie O

    In honor of Mies van der Rohe's 125th birthday, a rarely published photograph:

    Jackie Kennedy Chatting with Mies Van Der Rohe 

    Original caption: Mrs. John F. Kennedy, chats with Mies Van Der Rohe, internationally known architect on April 12, 1964. Architects, designers, and artists assembled here (Hyannis Port, Massachusetts) to discuss type and design of the $10 million memorial to be erected on the Harvard University campus at Cambridge, Massachusetts.  ©Bettmann/CORBIS

    The John Fitzgerald Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum of course, went to a young I.M. Pei. After many iterations, site changes and even money issues, it was built (with many compromises), away from Harvard, on Columbia Point in Dochester.

    From the Library's website: Jacqueline Kennedy played a major role in the selection of I.M. Pei to be the architect of the Kennedy Library. At an early meeting in 1964, Mr. Pei explained to Mrs. Kennedy, somewhat apologetically, that as a relatively young architect he had not worked on monumental projects. Though relatively unknown and obscure at the time, Mrs. Kennedy nevertheless selected Pei from a list of candidates that included of some America’s best-known architects. He seemed to her so filled with promise and he had the imagination and temperament to create a structure that would reinforce her vision of the goals of the library.

    And in Chicago, a Mies birthday party you can attend in Crown Hall!
    I'm told that someone special to Mies will make the toast.  
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