February 6, 2020
More than the corporate headquarters that Bunshaft designed in and near New York City in the 1950s and 60s, it's three buildings -- one from 1963 and two from the following two decades -- that for me define the range of his design sense. These are the Beinecke Rare Book Library at Yale University, the Hirshhorn Museum in Washington, DC, and the Hajj Terminal in Saudi Arabia. Those impressive buildings, and others, are discussed in the chapters that follow the third chapter, but with Gordon Bunshaft and SOM being as much biography as architectural history, Adams also delves into Bunshaft the person -- as much as he can, that is. Still, plenty is revealed.