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During the 1930s and 1940s Eero Saarinen helped introduce modern architecture to the mainstream of American practice through his buildings and competition schemes, many of them done in partnership with his father, Eliel, and his Cranbrook colleagues. This collaboration between father and son proved highly fruitful, offering the younger Saarinen opportunities to explore his ideas and gain renown as a modern architect. The Saarinens’ most prominent success was the 1939 winning submission for the prestigious Smithsonian Gallery of Art to be built on the Mall in Washington, D.C. Eero Saarinen’s output in the 1940s included wartime housing projects in collaboration with his father and brother-in-law, J. Robert F. Swanson (1900– 1981). At the same time, working independently in America and Finland or with partners such as Charles Eames (1907– 1978) and Ralph Rapson (born 1914), Saarinen created winning designs for furniture and housing competitions.