Howard Barnstone: An Architectural Family Portrait

University of Texas Press
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Magical Modern: The Architecture of Howard Barnstone, 2020, 1st
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Howard Barnstone, FAIA, practiced architecture in Houston from 1948 until his death in 1987, an exceptionally fertile period in twentieth-century architecture. Barnstone belonged to a generation of American architects born between 1916 and 1929 whose almost incommensurable diversity intensifies the question “Why?” Within this cohort, Robert Venturi, FAIA, of Philadelphia, Charles W. Moore, FAIA, of Berkeley, New Haven, Santa Monica, and Austin, and Romaldo Giurgola, FAIA, of Philadelphia and Canberra were proponents of the postmodern critique of modern architecture. Barnstone’s buildings from the late 1940s to the mid-1980s track the changes in U.S. architecture visible in the works of these architects. Barnstone valued architectural dexterity. His buildings demonstrated consistency through proportions and details rather than through identification with a set of design principles or methods.
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