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Happy 100th Birthday to I. M. Pei

Posted on Wednesday, April 26, 2017

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On Wednesday, April 26, 2017, architect I. M. Pei celebrated his 100th birthday. In honor of this momentous occasion, we've compiled some early photos of his addition to the Des Moines Art Center, which opened in 1968.

From the July 1968 newsletter:

"Art Center visitors who have shared the noise, dust and vibrations of the building construction have shared also the excitement of seeing it take form. While the exterior is readily available for examination and 'side-walk supervision,' the interior will be 'off limits' until the formal opening in early October. The accompanying interior construction views serve as a harbinger of what is to come. May we suggest that Art Center members keep their calendars clear for the first week end in October."

Pei Construction 2

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Learn more about the Art Center's I. M. Pei building.

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