5 Wykeham Road, Washington, CT 06793. Phone: 860-868-7586.
Join us on Thursday, January 19, 2012 at 6:30pm in the Wykeham Room of the Gunn Memorial Library as Hicks Stone, son of Edward Durell Stone, describes one of the most controversial figures of 20th century architecture; both celebrated and scorned, he led a life that was simultaneously triumphant and embittered. In EDWARD DURELL STONE: A Son's Untold Story of a Legendary Architect, Hicks Stone, a practicing architect, writes candidly about his father's career, relationships, and professional and personal struggles in this intimate biography. Among the iconic projects for which Stone is responsible 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. But a negative reception among the architectural community often accompanied his popular and commercial successes, a double edge that continues to inform his legacy. Hicks Stone addresses a body of work that has been largely neglected, if not outright misunderstood. In answer to the chorus of criticism about the master architect's works, Hicks Stone writes: "I believe that my perspective as a son and architect offers me a unique and privileged position to address many of these bromidic and reflexive perceptions." Perhaps the most compelling aspect of this biography are the personal anecdotes recalled or discovered by Hicks Stone while researching his father's complex and turbulent life. This is an unvarnished look at a life full of great achievements tempered with dark struggles and personal demons. A succinct, multidimensional timeline weaving hard facts with poignant tales, EDWARD DURELL STONE: A Son's Untold Story of a Legendary Architect is a comprehensive and authoritative yet touching account that will inform and fascinate. Hicks Stone is the founder and principal of Stone Architecture, LLC located in New York City, NY and Roxbury, CT. 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. This program is free and open to the public. Registration is recommended.