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Architectural Highlights from 1958
Architect Willy Kreuer designed St. Ansgar Roman Catholic Church for a building exhibition in West Berlin, Germany.

St. Ansgar

The Robert Taft Memorial Tower in Washington, D.C., houses an electric carillon with 27 bells.

Taft Memorial

Part of a ship's prow stands near one of the eight pavillons constituting the German exhibit at the Brussels World's Fair.

German pavilion

Completed in 1958, the 38-story Seagram Building in New York City, New York, is encased in tinted glass and bronze mullions and panels. Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and Philip Johnson were the chief architects; Kahn & Jacobs were the associate architects.

Seagram Building

Completed in 1958, the Borg-Warner Building on Chicago's Michigan Avenue is directly across from the Art Institute and next to Orchestra Hall, home of Chicago's Symphony. The building's ground floor retail space is primarily dedicated to serving patrons of those artistic venues.


Opened in 1958, the Carillon Hotel in Miami Beach, Florida, has 620 rooms, all of which are air conditioned.

Carillon Hotel

At Acapulco, Mexico, the 158-bungalow, club-type Las Brisas Hotel Resort is terraced 800 feet up on a bluff. Jeeps are used to transport guests to and from private beaches.

Acapulco resort

The top of this concrete pillar at Örebro, Sweden, is 250 feet above the ground and houses a restaurant that can accomodate 150 diners on its wide, circular rim.

Orebro restaurant

This three-room globular house made of metal is being towed up the Thames River for display at the British Ideal Home Exhibition in London, England. The house was designed by Johann Ludovici (Germany) for use in the Belgian Congo, where rivers are the most ready means of transport. Once at its destination the house could be installed without a foundation. Weighing less than a ton, it was to be sold unfurnished for about $1,200.

globular house

The new Main Public Library at the Civic Center in New Orleans, Louisiana, completed in 1958, has a distinctly modern style of architecture.

New Orleans Public Library

Fifty years of changes in architectural style are reflected in these two blocks of apartment houses in West Berlin.

West Berlin

A once-blighted area of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, is now the site of four high-rise apartments built by a private concern.


A glass-domed building designed and erected by English architect Hugh Pope has an exterior wooden frame supporting 150 glass triangles.

domed building

A unique visitor center, built against a cliff containing embedded fossil bones, was dedicated at Dinosaur National Monument in Utah in June.

Dinosaur National Monument

The 21-story, $24-million Queen Elizabeth Hotel in Montreal, Canada, accommodates 2,000 people, making it Canada's largest hotel.

Queen Elizabeth Hotel

The Stuart Co. pharmaceutical plant in Pasadena, California, was designed by Edward D. Stone, who also planned the U.S. Pavilion at the Brussels World's Fair.

Stuart Co. plant

Wallace K. Harrison designed the First Presbyterian Church, in Stamford, Connecticut, in sloping, linked pyramidal shapes, carrying lancets of stained glass, embedded within a pre-cast concrete frame, up to the ridge of the roof.

First Presbyterian Church

This seven-story dormitory at the University of South Carolina was designed by G. Thomas Harmon and Edward D. Stone.

University of South Carolina dormitory

Designed by Skidmore, Owings and Merrill and completed in 1957, the Connecticut General Life Insurance headquarters at Bloomfield, Connecticut, received an American Institute of Architects honor award in 1958.

Connecticut General Life Insurance

Completed in September 1958, this circular synagogue in Düsseldorf, Germany, replaced one which was destroyed by the Nazis in 1938.

Dusseldorf Synagogue

This is how the 28-story First National Bank Building in Minneapolis, Minnesota, is expected to look when completed in 1959.

Minneapolis, Minnesota, skyscraper

Hotel, apartment, and office building project planned for the 20th Century-Fox lot in West Los Angeles, California.

planned project

This building, planned for New York City's Lincoln Center, will be one of the largest opera houses in the world.

Metropolitan Opera building plan

Frank Lloyd Wright, left, and Iraqi Consul General Hashim Hilli study Wright's plans for a Baghdad opera-auditorium.

Frank Lloyd Wright

The plan for the complete redevelopment of Chandrigar, capital of Punjab State, India, was to include a number of major buildings by Swiss architect Le Corbusier, including these residences for government workers, which were completed in 1958.

Chandrigar, India

Finnish architect Viljo Rewell won a prize for his design for the city hall of Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Toronto City Hall

In the Year 1958
Brussels World's Fair

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