Architecture: Mogul Modern

If ever a building marked a turning point for its designer, it was Edward Durell Stone's U.S. embassy in New Delhi. With its gold-leaf columns, lacy grills and inner water courtyard, it won him architectural accolades round the world. "I have been a marked man ever since," muses Architect Stone, 64, by no means unhappily. At home, the New Delhi embassy triggered commissions that include the just-started John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington and the soon-to-rise 50-story, marble-sheathed General Motors Tower in Manhattan.

What pleases Stone most is...

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