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Edward Durell Stone and the Building of the Uptown Campus, 1961-1971

Edward Durell Stone

New Campus Architect Views Work, Stone Reacts Favorably to Buildings University Archives Photograph Collection, #26042

The article "New Campus Architect Views Work, Stone Reacts Favorably to Buildings" by Harold Lynne from the January 12, 1965, issue of the ASP details Edward Durell Stone's unannounced visit to the construction site of the State University of New York at Albany's Uptown Campus. In the article Stone expresses pride in his design after taking a tour of the buildings constucted to date. Stone led an office of 200 architects from his offices at 745 Fifth Avenue in New York City. In addition to the Uptown Campus finished in 1971, Edward Durell Stone Associates designed the Campus Center Extension completed in the mid-1990s, and did the preliminary planning for the Science Library opened in 1999. The plans for the Science Library were completed by RGA Associates, headed by Ray Gomez, one of Stone's architects on the Uptown Campus.

It is a myth that Stone's Uptown Campus was designed for the Middle East. Stone's buildings can be found from New York to Chicago to San Diego and from Peru to Saudi Arabia and Pakistan. They span the gamut from private homes to museums, government buildings and factories to cultural centers, hospitals to religious structures, theatres to housing and hotels. All share a similar architectural style. What is true is that Stone's style as it evolved rejected the harsh simplicity of the glass box International Style, and was shaped by Greek and Middle Eastern design elements: the raised podium of many of his buildings reminiscent of the Parthenon, the long arched colonnades, wide overhangs and water features reflecting the influence of Middle Eastern architecture.

Kris Kristofferson and Jane Fonda starred in the 1980 film Rollover University Archives Photograph Collection, #17783

Kris Kristofferson and Jane Fonda starred in the 1980 film "Rollover," one scene of which was filmed in the Campus Center Assembly Hall. With a few oriental rugs and wall hangings the room was transformed into a Saudi prince's palace. The film gave added impetus to the constant rumor that the campus was designed for the Middle East!

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Exhibit curated by Geoffrey Williams, University Archivist

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