The life and work of Ada Louise Huxtable


I am now researching a biography of the late and legendary Ada Louise Huxtable (1921–2013), the first full-time architecture critic in the United States. Huxtable worked at the New York Times from 1963 to 1981, winning the first Pulitzer Prize ever awarded for criticism and joining the Times editorial board in 1973. After writing independently in the 1980s and early ’90s, she served as architecture critic at the Wall Street Journal from 1997 until her death in 2013.

 New York Public Library (Carrère & Hastings) under construction, 1907. The stacks were custom-built of steel and cast iron by Snead & Company Iron Works.  Photo courtesy of New York Public Library Digital Collections

New York Public Library (Carrère & Hastings) under construction, 1907. The stacks were custom-built of steel and cast iron by Snead & Company Iron Works.
Photo courtesy of New York Public Library Digital Collections

 

 

 The Ada Louise Huxtable Papers are housed at the Getty Research Institute, part of the Getty Center complex in Los Angeles (Richard Meier & Partners, 1997). This was the scene one evening after a long day in the archives: the sun, the moon, Venus, and, if you look very closely, Orion.  Photo: Christine Cipriani

The Ada Louise Huxtable Papers are housed at the Getty Research Institute, part of the Getty Center complex in Los Angeles (Richard Meier & Partners, 1997). This was the scene one evening after a long day in the archives: the sun, the moon, Venus, and, if you look very closely, Orion.
Photo: Christine Cipriani

 New York Public Library (Carrère & Hastings) under construction, 1905; marble work on Fifth Avenue facade.  Photo courtesy of New York Public Library Digital Collections

New York Public Library (Carrère & Hastings) under construction, 1905; marble work on Fifth Avenue facade.
Photo courtesy of New York Public Library Digital Collections