Collection by Kelsey Keith

Balthazar Korab, 1926-2013


Balthazar Korab—whose work and career we profiled in Dwell's Dec/Jan 2013 issue—passed away this week in Troy, Michigan, his hometown of many years. Korab was born in Hungary, escaped Budapest at the onset of the World War II, studied architecture at Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris, met an American woman on holiday, then moved to Detroit once they were married. There, he interviewed with and was hired on the spot(!) by Eero Saarinen, one of the most influential modernist architects working the U.S. during the mid-century. He started at Saarinen & Associates as a designer and quickly switched to a new position as the firm's official photographer. In summation, much of the reason we are so familiar with Saarinen's architecture is that someone so talented was around to document it. Click through for more shots taken through Korab's lens, including some lesser-known (but extraordinarily valuable) modernist Midwestern buildings.

William Kessler, Kessler House (Grosse Pointe Park, MI), 1959.
Minoru Yamasaki, McGregor Memorial Conference Center at Wayne State University (Detroit, MI), 1960.
John Portman, Renaissance Center (Detroit, MI), 1979.
Korab, quoted in the recently published monograph by John Comazzi for Princeton Architectural Press, found that Eero...
For more on Korab's life and work, read our story from Dec/Jan 2013.