John Deere World Headquarters
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The John Deere World Headquarters is a complex of four buildings located on 1,400 acres (5.7 km²) of land at One John Deere Place, Moline, Illinois, United States. The complex serves as corporate headquarters for John Deere.
The complex opened on April 20, 1964. The buildings were designed by the Finnish architect Eero Saarinen, who died before its construction was complete, only four days after he signed the contract for the newest buildings. The project was finished by architect Kevin Roche. It was built according to Deere & Company President William Hewitt's instructions using COR-TEN weathering steel—one of the first architectural applications of the material—which gave the building an earthy look as it oxidized and aged.
Building and amenities
Within the building are offices for over 900 staff, an auditorium with 350 seats, as well as that between the display room and grounds is the world's largest agricultural museum taking you through the history of farming and the company's creation in 1837.
The grounds are open seven days a week and are free to all to enter and see, between 9:00am and 5:00pm on weekdays, but check for weekend times also.
As well as many historical items it is possible to see some of the more modern machines made by John Deere, one-off art displays by artists such as Alexander Girard, and read as much literature as you like.
The design for the campus was created by Hideo Sasaki of Sasaki Associates landscape architecture firm. The design picked up an ASLA Classic Award in 1991, and is considered by many[who?] to be the archetypal corporate setting.
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