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Oral history interview with Olav Hammarstrom, 1982 Oct. 21-1983 Mar. 10

Oral history interview with Olav Hammarstrom, 1982 Oct. 21-1983 Mar. 10

Hammarstrom, Olav, 1906-

Furniture designer, Architect

Collection Information

Size: Sound recording: sound files : digital, wav file

Summary: An interview of Olav Hammarstrom conducted 1982 Oct. 21-1983 Mar. 10, by Robert Brown, for the Archives of American Art.

Hammarstrom speaks of his architectural education in Helsinki; his wartime and post-war experience with pre-fabricated building and town planning; his work as assistant to Alvar Aalto on construction of a dormitory at M.I.T.; his work as a member of Eero Saarinen's firm; his experiences as a teacher at Yale and M.I.T.; his work as a draftsman and project manager for the Architect's Collaborative in Cambridge; and private, ecclesiastical and residential design in architecture. He recalls Aalto, the Saarinens, and Kevin Roche.

Biographical/Historical Note

Olav Hammarstrom (1906-) is an architect and designer.

Provenance

These interviews are part of the Archives of American Art Oral History Program, started in 1958 to document the history of the visual arts in the United States, primarily through interviews with artists, historians, dealers, critics and others.

Funding

Funding for the digital preservation of this interview was provided by a grant from the Save America's Treasures Program of the National Park Service.

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Quotes and excerpts must be cited as follows: Oral history interview with Olav Hammarstrom, 1982 Oct. 21-1983 Mar. 10. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.