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Noted architecture critic Ada Louise Huxtable is dead at 91

January 07, 2013|By Christopher Hawthorne
  • Ada Louise Huxtable in 1986. The pioneering architecture critic and Pulitzer Prize-winner died Monday.
Ada Louise Huxtable in 1986. The pioneering architecture critic and Pulitzer… (Photo by Nancy R. Schiff/Hulton…)

Ada Louise Huxtable, the pioneering architecture critic who wrote for the New York Times from 1963 to 1982 and in recent years for the Wall Street Journal, has died. She was 91.

Robert N. Shapiro, Huxtable’s lawyer and the executor of her estate, confirmed her death. He said Huxtable, who in 1970 won the first-ever Pulitzer Prize awarded for criticism, died Monday afternoon at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York.

He also said her papers have been acquired by the Getty Research Institute, in an agreement finalized in recent weeks. More details on that acquisition, along with a full obituary of Huxtable, will follow.

Huxtable was writing forceful criticism right up to the last months of her life. Her final piece for the Wall Street Journal, questioning plans to redesign the main branch of the New York Public Library, appeared on Dec. 3.

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