Stone, Edward Durell

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Stone, Edward Durell,

1902–78, American architect, b. Fayetteville, Ark. Stone's first major work, designed in the starkly functional International style in collaboration with Philip L. Goodwin, was the Museum of Modern Art, New York City (1937–39). Stone, whose style became more ornate and embellished in the 1950s, won renown for his design of the U.S. embassy at New Delhi (1958). In this building he introduced traditional Muslim motifs, including lacy grille patterns. Stone subsequently applied grillwork to many of his buildings, including the U.S. pavilion for the Brussels World's Fair (1958) and the Huntington Hartford Museum (1962; since 2008 the Museum of Arts and Design building and radically altered), New York City. Among his later works are the Amarillo Fine Arts Museum (1969); the Univ. of Alabama law school (1970); the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (1971), Washington D.C.; and the Community Hospital of Monterey Peninsula, Carmel, Calif.


See his autobiography (1962) and Recent and Future Architecture (1967); H. Stone, Edward Durell Stone: A Son's Untold Story of a Legendary Architect (2011).

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Stone, Edward Durell


Born Mar. 9, 1902, in Fayette-ville, Ark.; died Aug. 6, 1978, in New York City. American architect.

Stone attended Harvard University (1925–26) and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1925–27). His compositionally simple and starkly functional architectural style of the 1930’s (for example, the Museum of Modern Art, New York, 1939) evolved into official neoclassicism in the 1950’s (for example, the US Embassy in New Delhi, 1958; the US Pavilion at the Brussels World’s Fair, 1958). Stone used symmetrical layouts and facades and ornamental hanging grilles. He gave simple interpretations to motifs from the classical orders.

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Stone, Edward Durell

(1902–78) architect; born in Fayetteville, Ark. After studying at the University of Arkansas, Harvard, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, he began teaching at New York University (1927–42) before setting up his practice in New York City (1935–78). Later he also taught at Yale (1946–52). More eclectic than innovative, he moved from a modernist style to a more ornamented style, often using grillwork and deliberately echoing the local/cultural environment. His many public buildings include the U.S. Embassy in New Delhi, India, and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.
The Cambridge Dictionary of American Biography, by John S. Bowman. Copyright © Cambridge University Press 1995. Reproduced with permission.
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