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THE TRUSTEES OF THE ELI WHITNEY MUSEUM
INVITE YOU TO ITS

34th Annual Meeting
Wednesday, October 23rd at 5:30 pm
AT THE ELI WHITNEY MUSEUM

Speaker
César Pelli
From Models to Buildings

Light refreshments: Caseus • Whole G Breads • The Wine Thief
RSVP • 203.777.1833 or nm@eliwhitney.org

On November 29th, the Museum will open an exhibition celebrating the centennial of the Erector Set. In the Fall of 1913, Alfred Carleton Gilbert, a 29 year old Yale graduate, brought a steel construction set to market.

Its girders echoed the catenary towers that Gilbert had watched electrify railway access to Manhattan’s new Grand Central Terminal. Gilbert’s New Haven factory packaged that revolution, steel and electric motors, for young hands. Gilbert persuaded American parents that Erector Set models were essential rehearsal for building a new age.

César Pelli was 29 when he joined the architecture firm of Eero Saarinen and served as Project Designer for Saarinen’s TWA  Flight Terminal, a new icon of New York’s access to the world. Mr. Pelli was the Dean of the Yale School of Architecture from 1977 to 1984. He founded César Pelli & Associates (now Pelli, Clarke, Pelli) in New Haven which employs 100 architects, designers and support staff. His buildings grace cities and campuses around the world. He has employed steel girders, concrete, glass, brick and stone responding to each project’s site, purpose and construction technology. Among the many honors he has received: the AIA Gold Medal which recognized a lifetime of distinguished achievement and outstanding contributions.

WHITNEY MEDAL
Walter Zawalich

FORMAN PRIZE
Angus MacMullen

JACK VIELE PRIZE
Nathan Brownstein

POLY LADA MOCARSKI PRIZE
Allison Carroll


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