The Evolution of an Architect [*SIGNED*]

By: Stone, Edward Durell

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[light shelfwear, slight fading to cloth along top/bottom edges; jacket well-worn, paper loss at both ends of spine (about 1" at bottom), chipping along top edge of rear panel, 4" ragged closed tear at top left corner of front panel, various other small tears and creases, general soiling]. (B&W photographs, drawings) INSCRIBED ("To _______ with gratitude for his fine work and best wishes for the future") and SIGNED by the author on the half-title page. Stone (1902-1978), a native of Arkansas who studied architecture at various institutions in and around Boston (although he never received a degree), became one of the earliest American proponents of modern architecture during the 1930s and 1940s. Early in his career, he was involved with the planning of Rockefeller Center (as principal designer of the Radio City Music Hall), and he was subsequently tapped as the design architect for the Museum of Modern Art. He eventually joined the faculty at Yale University, and his prominence as both a working architect and an academic broadened his influence. Although he turned away from a purely modernist approach beginning in the mid-1950s (and was subsequently shunned by the architectural establishment as a result), his firm was prominent and successful, and he continued to receive major commissions into the early 1970s. Among his major projects of the 1960s was the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., the commission for which he received in 1959, when it was still known as the "National Cultural Center"; various plans and renderings for the building are presented on pages 210-215 of this book. Another notable building from this period was the U.S. Embassy in New Delhi, India, a building still in use today, which won praise from Frank Lloyd Wright and earned Stone the American Institute of Architects' First Honor Award in 1961. (I suspect the inscription -- to someone with an Indian-sounding name, thanking him "with gratitude for his fine work" -- is connected with the latter project.) Signed by Author

Title: The Evolution of an Architect [*SIGNED*]

Author: Stone, Edward Durell

Categories: Architecture,

Edition: First Edition

Publisher: New York, Horizon Press: 1962

ISBN Number: NO

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Very Good+ in Fair dj

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 15980

Keywords: Architecture Architects Autobiography Signed