R.I.P. Eduardo Catalano

MIT Professor Emeritus of Architecture, Eduardo Catalano died  at age 92 on January 28, 2010.  Catalano, a modernist architect from Argentina, designed a house for himself in Raleigh, North Carolina in 1954 while serving as a professor at the NC State University School of Architecture.  His house was unique for its hyperbolic paraboloid roof.  The Catalano House was declared "House of the Decade" in the fifties, and even famous American architect Frank Lloyd Wright praised his work.  Sadly, the house had fallen into disrepair and was demolished in March 2001 by a real estate developer.

According to MIT News, "Catalano sought harmony in science, technology and the visual arts. He designed the U.S. embassies in Buenos Aires and in Pretoria, and the Juilliard School of Music at New York City's Lincoln Center. In addition to his buildings, Catalano designed and donated a stainless steel sculpture to the city of Buenos Aires in 2002."

More information about Eduardo Catalano can be found at Triangle Modernist Houses and Jetset Modern.


  1. Thanks for featuring Mr. Catalano in your post. I'm a huge fan of that hyperbolic paraboloid roof!

  2. I did see the catalanoculpture when I went to Argentina. It was in a museum near one of the apartments in Buenos Aires I rented while I was there. It surprised me how many artists donated things to that city. I believe they knew it was going to be the refuge of culture in Latin America.