Edward Durell Stone: American Modernist by Hicks Stone
Edward Durell Stone was one of the first American architects
to experiment with European modernism in the early 1930s in a series of
prominent homes in the Northeast and in his design for the Museum of Modern
Art. However, Stone later rejected the austerity of International Style
modernism at the apex of its popularity, in favor of a warmer architecture
rooted in the American architectural tradition.
Stone initially embraced Frank Lloyd Wright's aesthetic in the immediate postwar era, but later turned to classical precedent in his projects of the mid-1950s like the U.S. Embassy in New Delhi, India and the U.S. Pavilion at the 1958 Brussels World's Fair. Stone's aesthetic choices engendered critical hostility among architectural cognoscenti, most notably in his later proto-post modernist work of the 1960s like the Huntington Hartford Museum of Modern Art in New York City, but at the same time generated enormous popular success.
In this slide lecture, Stone's youngest son and biographer, Hicks Stone, himself a practicing architect, documents the breadth of his father's life and career. The lecture coincides with the debut of his book, Edward Durell Stone: A Son's Untold Story of a Legendary Architect, which is published by Rizzoli.