From Jan. 30 through Feb. 2, the official flag of Finland will fly with the U.S. flag on top of Brookings Hall, Washington University’s signature building on the Danforth Campus.
This is in recognition of the opening of “Eero Saarinen: Shaping the Future” and “On the Riverfront: St. Louis and the Gateway Arch,” exhibitions celebrating the work of the late Finnish architect, Eero Saarinen, who designed the St. Louis Gateway Arch.
Flying the flag over Brookings Hall is a way to honor Ritva Jolkkonen, the consul general of Finland-New York, and Matti Häkkänen, former ambassador of Finland and second cousin to Saarinen, who are part of a contingent from Finland that will be visiting WUSTL this weekend. These visitors have been instrumental in bringing the exhibition to campus and will participate in the Jan. 31 “On the Riverfront: St. Louis and The Gateway Arch” symposium and attend other special events related to the exhibits.
The Finnish flag is a gift from Finland’s Consulate General in New York.
For information on the exhibitions, go to: http://news-info.wustl.edu/news/page/normal/12971.html.