Born in Fayetteville, Arkansas, Edward Durell Stone first attended the University of Arkansas (1920-23) but then transferred to Harvard University (1925-26) and then to MIT (1925-27). From 1927 to 1929 he travelled in Europe, sponsored by a Rotch Travel Scholarship. Upon his return to the United States Stone he joined with Coolidge, Shepley, Bulfinch & Abbot, Schultze & Weaver before joining Wallace K. Harrison> on the design of Rockefeller Center, specifically contributing the design of the interior for Radio City Music Hall, his first major visible design. In 1936 he launched his own office.
Although Stone's early work was celebrated for its ideal form (see the Museum of Modern Art, 1939, with Philip Goodwin), his later work was sometimes derided for its emphasis on a decorative facade, an attribute which today makes Stone highly attractive to Postmodern designers.
In the 1960s Stone was involved in the design and development of the Philadelphia Civic Center.
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- Architectural League of New York
- National Academy of Design
- New York Chapter (AIA)
- American Federation of Arts
- Harvard University
- Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
- University of Arkansas
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