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NOCA MODERN Architect Detail

Body of Work:
Stanford Medical Center

Edward Durell Stone was born in Fayetteville, Arkansas in 1902. At the age of twenty, he moved to Boston where he attended Boston Architectural College. In 1925, Stone was awarded a scholarship to Harvard University. He studied architecture under the direction of Jean-Jacques Haffner, a graduate of the Ecole des Beaux Arts. In 1926, Stone transferred to MIT where he was awarded a traveling fellowship, taking him to Europe and North Africa. Stone returned to the United States in 1929 and accepted a position with the New York-based firm Schultze & Weaver. After about a year, Stone went to work for Corbett, Harrison & MacMurray. He accepted his first independent commission in 1933.

Stone’s early work was heavily influenced by the International Style. However a visit to San Francisco in 1940 prompted Stone to reexamine his design aesthetic. His exposure to the San Francisco Bay regional style, coupled with an interest in the work of Frank Lloyd Wright, inspired Stone to embrace a warmer, more natural, style of modernism.

By the mid-1960s, Edward Durell Stone had one of the largest architectural practices in the United States. Business Week referred to Stone as the “Man with a Billion on the Drawing Board.” Stone would continue to practice architecture until his retirement in 1974.

Body of Work includes:

Stanford Medical Center (1959)

Monterey Community Hospital (1962)

Wells Fargo Bank Offices, San Jose (1964)

Santa Clara Public Library (1965)

Palo Alto City Hall (1967)


The Evolution of an Architect, Edward Durell Stone, Horizon Press, 1962

Edward Durell Stone: A Son’s Untold Story of a Legendary Architect, Hicks Stone, Rizzoli, 2011



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