John Deere World Headquarters - History

History

The complex opened on April 20, 1964. The buildings were designed by the Finnish architect Eero Saarinen, who died before its construction was complete, only four days after he signed the contract for the newest buildings. The project was finished by architect Kevin Roche. It was built according to Deere & Company President William Hewitt's instructions using COR-TEN weathering steel--the first architectural application of the material--which gave the building an earthy look as it oxidized and aged .

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