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The Story of 20th Century New Formalism Architecture

“The World Trade Center is a living symbol of man’s dedication to world peace…”

– Minoru Yamasaki

Minoru Yamasaki

Winter 1912

A Legacy Was Born

Yamasaki was born in Seattle, Washington, a second-generation Japanese American, son of John Tsunejiro Yamasaki and Hana Yamasaki.  He grew up in Auburn, Washington and graduated from Garfield Senior High School in Seattle.  He enrolled in the University of Washington program in architecture in 1929, and graduated with a Bachelor of Architecture (B.Arch.) in 1934.  During his college years, he was strongly encouraged by faculty member Lionel Pries.  He earned money to pay for his tuition by working at an Alaskan salmon cannery.

Spring 1934

The Young Architect from Seattle

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Summer 1945

From the West to the Mid-West

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Fall 1963

America Rises – The Twin Towers

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Resources

at the Archives of Michigan

In addition to content on Michiganology, you can find more original material and published books on Minoru Yamasaki at the Archives of Michigan.

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