Edward Durell Stone, Legendary Architect

Architect Edward Durell Stone was both celebrated and scorned, and led a life that was both triumphant and embittered. Among his iconic projects are The Museum of Modern Art in New York, the U.S. Embassy in New Delhi, and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. His son, Hicks Stone, discusses the controversial figure in 20th-century architecture, and his new biography, Edward Durell Stone: A Son's Untold Story of a Legendary Architect.

Edward Durell Stone. U.S. Embassy in New Delhi, India – Main Entry.
Edward Durell Stone. U.S. Embassy in New Delhi, India – Main Entry.

Stone’s 1955 design for the embassy building program administered by the U.S. Department of State, Foreign Buildings Office brought Stone world-wide attention.

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Edward Durell Stone. U.S. Embassy in New Delhi, India – Atrium.
Edward Durell Stone. U.S. Embassy in New Delhi, India – Atrium.

Stone almost invariably integrated fountains with his architecture; this is one of the more prominent examples.

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Edward Durell Stone. Pakistan Institute of Nuclear Science & Technology.
Edward Durell Stone. Pakistan Institute of Nuclear Science & Technology.

Built under President Eisenhower’s Atoms for Peace program, ironically this facility, designed by Stone in 1961, became the training center for the scientists that produced Pakistan’s nuclear devices.

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Edward Durell Stone. SUNY Albany.
Edward Durell Stone. SUNY Albany.

One of the largest architectural projects of the era, the State University of New York at Albany was the centerpiece of Governor Nelson A. Rockefeller’s state university program. Designed in 1961, the campus was initially built for an enrollment of 10,000 students.

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Edward Durell Stone. JFK Center.
Edward Durell Stone. JFK Center.

Stone presents his model for the National Cultural Center to President John F. Kennedy in October 1963. The center was later named in honor of the slain President.

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Edward Durell Stone. Arch of Titus – Rome.
Edward Durell Stone. Arch of Titus – Rome.

Stone was a highly skilled draftsman and water colorist. This is his sketch of the Arch of Titus in Rome done during his tour of Europe from 1927 to 1929.

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Edward Durell Stone. Orsanmichele - Florence.
Edward Durell Stone. Orsanmichele - Florence.

This is his water color of the Orsanmichele done during his tour of Europe from 1927 to 1929.

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Edward Durell Stone Sketching in Sicily – 1959.
Edward Durell Stone Sketching in Sicily – 1959.

A picture of Stone sketching at the ancient Greek temple of Agrigento in Sicily.

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