Edward Durell Stone: A Son's Story

Category: Authors on Stage
Location: Adrian Lamb Room

Hicks Stone, author of Edward Durell Stone: A Son’s Untold Story of a Legendary Architect, will be at the New Canaan Library as part of Authors on Stage on Sunday, February 12, at 4 p.m. This event is co-sponsored by the New Canaan Library and Philip Johnson Glass House.

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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.

Hicks Stone is the founder and principal of Stone Architecture, LLC located in New York City, N.Y., and Roxbury, Conn. He opened his practice in 1991 after working as a senior designer in the office of Philip Johnson and John Burgee Architects. Stone received his Master’s of Architecture from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design in 1983. He has a national practice with projects from Maine to Florida and the Bahamas to California. He holds licenses in eight states and the District of Columbia. His firm’s principal focus is the design of single and multi-family residential housing, retail boutiques for luxury brands and cultural facilities. He has just completed a museum in the new city hall complex of West Palm Beach, Florida.