Resurrecting Eero Saarinen's Design Dome at GM

The futuristic 60-year-old building remains as relevant as ever, with help from an updated interior by SmithGroup, the original architect of record for the GM Technical Center.

Behold the fanfare that accompanied the May 1956 inauguration of the colossal General Motors Technical Center in Warren, Mich.: NBC broadcast the ceremony on national television; President Dwight D. Eisenhower delivered an address on technological progress from the White House; and Life magazine hailed the project as the “Versailles of Industry.”