Quote of Note | Ada Louise Huxtable

“…[T]here is still the reality that not every Saarinen building was an unqualified success. Some almost make it, some make their mark, and a few, like the Deere & Co. Administration Center in Moline, Ill., designed in 1957, achieve the necessary synthesis of proportion and purpose; this is considered his masterpiece….But he did not seek perfection. When this reviewer suggested that he played a dangerous game, he agreed, replying in a personal letter that ‘there would be a greater danger if we didn’t try to explore at all.'”

Ada Louise Huxtable, in The Wall Street Journal, on “Eero Saarinen: Shaping the Future,” on view at the Museum of the City of New York through January 31