I.M. Pei, the famed architect who designed the JFK Library, dies at 102

I.M. Pei stood outside the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum in 1979. It was the first time he’d seen the building, which he designed, in person. Boston Globe/File

I.M. Pei, who was widely recognized as the most prominent American architect of his generation with such works as his transformation of the Louvre Museum in Paris, died Thursday. He was 102.

His death was confirmed by his son, Chien Chung Pei, according to news reports.

Mr. Pei’s notable buildings straddled the world, correspondent Robert Campbell reports for The Boston Globe. His glass pyramid entrance pavilion at the Louvre became a symbol of Paris almost as well-known as the Eiffel Tower. Other works included skyscrapers, research centers, and numerous other museums, including the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum in Dorchester.

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