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When Corporate Art Collections Began With the Buildings Themselves

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"Apple is growing like a weed," said Steve Jobs to the Cupertino, California City Council. "It's clear we need to build a new campus."

Apple "Campus 2", Cupertino, CA
Foster + Partners, 2015 (est. completion date)

Corporate America and the architecture-as-art have had a long, storied history. Here's a look at some of capitalism's most famous monuments:

Lever House, New York, NY
Gordon Bunshaft, 1952

IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center, Yorktown Heights, NY
Eero Saarinen, 1961

Capitol Records building, Hollywood, CA
Welton Becket and Louis Naidor, 1956

Glendale Federal Savings & Loan, Glendale, CA
W.A. Sarmiento, 1959

AAA Building, St. Louis, MO
Wenceslaus Sarmiento, 1977

Pan Am Building, New York, NY
Emery Roth
& Sons with Walter Gropius and Pietro Belluschi
, 1963

Of course, in the case of Apple, one would expect high design from the company behind products that are in MoMA's permanent collection.

But Triple-A? We'll never look at a Trip-Tik quite the same way again.
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