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Ada Louise Huxtable

  • American critic
  • Born March 14, 1921

Ada Louise Huxtable (née Landman; March 14, 1921 – January 7, 2013) was an architecture critic and writer on architecture. In 1970 she was awarded the first ever Pulitzer Prize for Criticism. Architecture critic Paul Goldberger, also a Pulitzer Prize-winner (1984) for architectural criticism, said in 1996: "Before Ada Louise Huxtable, architecture was not a part of the public dialogue." "She was a great lover of cities, a great preservationist and the central planet around which every other critic revolved," said architect Robert A. M. Stern, dean of the Yale University School of Architecture.


An excellent job with a dubious undertaking, which is like saying it would be great if it wasn't awful.




Summer is the time when one sheds one's tensions with one's clothes, and the right kind of day is jeweled balm for the battered spirit. A few of those days and you can become drunk with the belief that all's right with the world.




Nothing was more up-to-date when it was built, or is more obsolete today, than the railroad station.




A disaster where marble has been substituted for imagination.




Washington is an endless series of mock palaces clearly built for clerks.




The age of Lincoln and Jefferson memorials is over. It will be presidential libraries from now on.



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