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Ada Louise Huxtable, 1921-2013

January 21, 2013

By now you’ve likely read one or two tributes to the Pulitzer Prize-winning New York architectural critic who passed away on January 7. While we don’t think enough words can be written to honor this accomplished individual, our salute will be a short one. Ada Louise Huxtable (1921-2013) was known for her reserved manner and her trenchant criticism. As the nation’s first full-time architecture critic—at The New York Times, 1963-1982—and in her Wall Street Journal columns from 1997 until recently, she provided informed discussion of architecture, urbanism, and preservation to a wide public. We are forever in debt to her.

Visit New York Preservation Archive Project’s online memory page for personal reflections on Huxtable or add your own.

“Ada Louise Huxtable, Champion of Livable Architecture,” The New York Times
“Her Judgements Were Built to Last,” Wall Street Journal
“Ada Louise Huxtable’s New England,” Boston Globe
“Ada Louise Huxtable, 1921-2013,” Architectural Record

Ada Louise Huxtable, Alfred Eisenstaedt for Life Magazine, 1974