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1971 Horatio Alger Award Winner

Edward Durell Stone*


"Try to leave something of yourself that enhances the world around you."

Edward Stone was born in 1902 in Fayetteville, Arkansas. As a boy, he delivered newspapers for a paper owned by Senator William Fulbright's family. That newspaper awarded Stone the first of many architectural prizes he would win throughout his life. The prize was $2.50 in a contest to design and build a birdhouse. At age 18, Stone moved to Boston where he worked in an electrical appliance store, as an office boy for an architect, and finally as a draftsman for Henry Shipley, all while studying architecture at night. In a design competition, he won a year's tuition to Harvard. He later transferred to MIT, but he left shortly before graduating when he was awarded a two-year traveling scholarship. On his return, he worked for several architects and opened his own office in 1936. Buildings designed by Stone include the original Museum of Modern Art, the U. S. Embassy in New Delhi, the U. S. Pavilion at the Brussels World's Fair, Stanford Medical Center, El Panama Hotel, General Motors Building, the National Geographic Building, and the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.

* Deceased