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Edward Durell Stone’s Campus Design Lauded in Architecture Magazine
Architect Edward Durell Stone’s modern design landed the University at Albany on Dezeen magazine’s list of top-10 architectural marvels on the East Coast. (Photos by Mark McCarty)
The Uptown Campus’s “space-age flourishes,” including slender pillars, arches and glass domes, were mentioned in the Dezeen article.
ALBANY, N.Y. (Oct. 18, 2018) — The East Coast is full of stunning architectural masterpieces and the University at Albany campus is certainly one of them, according to Dezeen, a London-based online architecture magazine with offices in New York City.
On Oct. 8, the publication released its list of “10 modernist architectural marvels on America’s East Coast,” with UAlbany ranking among the 10.
Reporter Dan Howarth wrote, “Edward Durell Stone’s SUNY Albany campus is an epiphany for even the most ardent architecture zealot . . . The campus also incorporates space-age flourishes, with gigantic glass bubble domes shielding courtyards, interior fluorescent sunburst fixtures, and a fluted steel cylindrical space needle (actually a disguised water tower) in the centre, marking the site from afar.” Howarth also mentioned the Uptown Campus’s tall columns, stone walkways and fountains/reflecting pools.
In 1962, Durell was commissioned by the state of New York and Gov. Nelson A. Rockefeller to design and create the Uptown Campus. Dezeen complimented UAlbany’s Academic Podium as well as the academic and administrative buildings that draw their inspiration from a more classic New Formalist style.
Joining Stone’s architecture at UAlbany on Dezeen’s top-10 list were the Bell Labs building in Holmdel N.J., by Eero Saarinan; the Everson Museum of Art in Syracuse, N.Y., by IM Pei; and Temple Beth Shalom in Elkins Park, Penn., by Frank Lloyd Wright.
Earlier this month, Historic Albany hosted an architectural tour of UAlbany led by Hicks Stone, the son of Edward Durell Stone, and Ray Bromley, a …