As it was, I probably picked one of the worst days to go up there. It was cold and snowy but I figured since I was up there, I would soldier on and do my pictures.
The idea for North Campus started in 1952 when the University bought a large plot of farmland to the north of the main campus. The idea was put on paper in the 1950's by Eero Saarinen who was an architect based in Birmingham, MI. Eero came to the United States when he was 13 after his father emigrated from Finland. They settled in Bloomfield Hills, MI where his father was a teacher at the Cranbrook Academy for the Arts and he took courses in sculpture and furniture design there. In 1929, he studied sculpture at the Académie de la Grande Chaumière and then finished his studies at the Yale School of Architecture. After touring Europe and Africa, he came back to Cranbrook to work for his dad and teach there. After his father's death in 1950, he started his own architecture firm. He died in 1961 of a brain tumor.
A sculpture known as the "Bent", it is the symbol of Tau Beta Pi, which is an Engineering Honors Society. This is the same symbol that is on the above arch. Thank you to one of my readers for that information.