Since 1969, the American Institute of Architects has awarded their Twenty-five Year Award to a structure that was designed by an American architect that is between 25 and 35 years old. All but one of the structures is located in the United States. The first recipient in 1969 was the Rockefeller Center, but since 1971, the institute has given the award annually.
Crow Island School
Receiving the award in 1971 was the Crow Island School designed by Chicago firm of Perkins, Wheeler along with Will and Eero Saarinen who worked in partnership. The kindergarten through fourth-grade school in Winnetka, Illinois, has also been named a United States National Historic Landmark because it is a prime example of the International Style of architecture.
Baldwin Hills Village
Now called Village Green, this apartment area is located in Los Angeles just off Rodeo Drive. Known for its exclusive atmosphere, it was constructed in 1947 as the first example of a Modernist Garden city. All 627 units surround a parklike setting with space for cars around the perimeter.
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Johnson and Son Administration Building
This office complex located in Racine, Wisconsin, was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in the Art Moderne style. The administration building according to nytimes.com contains unique columns that are only inches wide at the base and over 18 feet wide at the top. The complex was built in two different stages with the Research Tower is one of two skyscrapers designed by Wright. In all, 17 buildings designed by Wright have won some type of award from the American Institute of Architects.
Christ Lutheran Church
The International Style worship house was the last project designed by Eliel Saarinen during his illustrative career. This Minneapolis church is one of only two designed by Saarinen. The long narrow building has been noted by world-class musicians for its outstanding acoustics.
The one-room Farnsworth House was designed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe as a weekend retreat for Doctor Edith Farnsworth. It is seen as one of the best examples of the International Style in the world. The building is known for its use of open space between a concrete floor and ceiling. Miles designed the building with large floor-to-ceiling windows to allow it to be more in tune with nature surrounding it.
Regardless of rather, it is a school, an apartment complex, an office complex a church or a private home, each of these buildings is an architectural wonder that has stood the test of time for more than 25 years.
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