Three Things About Alexander Girard

1. His donation of more than 100,000 pieces from the folk art collection he and his wife, Susan, began collecting on their honeymoon in 1939 quintupled Santa Fe’s Museum of International Folk Art. Pictured: Pieces from their collection photographed in their Grosse Pointe home.

2. In 1947, he was part of a team, headed by Eero Saarinen, that won the national competition to select a design for what would become St. Louis Gateway Arch.

3. He designed the Grosse Pointe home of George Rieveschl, inventor of the anti­histamine Benadryl.

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