Ada Louise Huxtable

Dean of architecture critics

Ada Louise Huxtable, who was 91 when she died Jan. 7, didn't invent architecture journalism. It just seems that way. When she was hired by the New York Times in 1963, Huxtable became the first full-time architecture critic at any large U.S. paper. Seven years later, she won the first Pulitzer Prize awarded for distinguished criticism. At a time when it felt as if wrecking balls were aimed at half the great old buildings in America, she was a passionate but discriminating preservationist. She revered and deeply comprehended architectural Modernism but knew that without the marble and masonry past, the new...

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