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Dulles International Airport

Chantilly, Virginia, 1958 to 1962. Eero Saarinen, architect.


The main terminal of Dulles Airport has a curving roof and tapered columns, suggesting a sense of flight.
Dulles International Airport by Eero Saarinen

Dulles International Airport Terminal, Chantilly, Virginia. Eero Saarinen, architect.

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The interior of the Main Terminal at Washington Dulles International Airport is a vast space free of columns. It was originally a compact, two-level structure, 600 feet long by 200 feet wide. Based on the architect's original design, the terminal doubled in size in 1996. The sloping roof is an enormous catenary curve.

Location: 26 miles from downtown Washington, D.C
Dedication: November 17, 1962
Named After: U.S. Secretary of State John Foster Dulles
Architect: Eero Saarinen
Cost: $108.3 million (Saarinen's original Main Terminal)

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Source: Facts About Washington Dulles International Airport, Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority [accessed May 3, 2013]

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