John Deere and Company
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Architect Eero Saarinen
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Location Moline, Illinois   map
Date 1963   timeline
Building Type commercial office block
 Construction System steel frame, weathering steel and glass facade
Climate temperate
Context wooded
Style Modern
Notes Facades articulated by external louvers hung from extending steel beams. Expressive steel detailing. Modern






Plan Drawing

Plan Drawing

Section Drawing

Section Drawing

Discussion John Deere and Company Commentary

"This headquarters for a farm equipment manufacturer pioneered in the use of weathering steel—high-tensile steel that, if left unpainted, forms its own cinnamon brown protective coating. Set on a wooded site with two man-made lakes, its three original facilities were an auditorium, an office building, and display building, the latter two connected by a bridge across a ravine. Their strong yet artfully detailed lines bear a curious resemblance to Japanese temple architecture...."

— from Sylvia Hart Wright. Sourcebook of Contemporary North American Architecture: From Postwar to Postmodern. p116.


American Institute of Architects 25 Year Award, 1993

Sources on John Deere and Company

William S. Saunders. Modern Architecture—Photographs by Ezra Stoller. New York: Harry N. Abrams, Publishers, 1990. ISBN 0-8109-3816-2. exterior photo, p122. interior hallway, p123. — A wonderful & inspiring book of beautiful photographs by the master of architectural photography. Available at

Toshino Nakamura, ed. "Deere and Company, 1957-63", A+U Extra Edition. April 1984. p102. drawing of longitudinal section, p116. drawing of transverse section, p116.

Kevin Matthews. The Great Buildings Collection on CD-ROM. Artifice, 2001. ISBN 0-9667098-4-5.— Available at  Find books about John Deere and Company


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