Edward Larrabee Barnes

  Great Buildings  Search  Advanced  Buildings  Architects  Types  Places  3D Models  Pix  Archiplanet  ArchitectureWeek    
Works Cathedral in Burlington, at Burlington, Vermont, 1978.
Cowles House, at Wayzata, Minnesota, 1960 (circa).

      map of works


Subscribers - login to skip ads
Edward Larrabee Barnes

(b. Chicago, Illinois 1915; d. September 21, 2004)

"Edward Larrabee Barnes, who set up his office in New York in 1949, was a true follower of the Harvard Graduate School of design style which emerged in the 1930s under the inspired leadership of Walter Gropius and Marcel Breuer. Its eminently purist forms of the European Modern Movement influenced many besides Barnes, including his near contemporary, I. M. Pei, and led to an architecture of restraint that was sensitive both to locality and to materials."

Times of London, November 17, 2004

Born in Chicago, Illinois in 1915, Edward Larrabee Barnes graduated with a Masters in Architecture from Harvard University. After traveling through Europe on the Sheldon Travelling Fellowship he established a private practice in New York. He taught at Pratt Institute in New York and Yale University in Connecticut. He has also served as vice-president to the American Academy in Rome.

Barnes designed a wide range of projects including civic, commercial, educational, and ecclesiastical buildings. He has also designed several urban and campus plans. For the most part, he created monumental buildings which avoid the appearance of coldness or formality. In his work, he exhibits sensitivity to both site and materials.

Barnes used geometry to order his spaces without restricting them. He meticulously detailed his buildings and simplified complex programs with dominant shapes and homogeneous materials. To further simplify and organize his designs, Barnes used modules. Precast concrete panels, cut stone and glass frequent his designs and help impose modular restrictions.

Some of his later works exhibit a lighter approach to materials, but they still rely on formal order and exacting detail.

Muriel Emmanuel. Contemporary Architects. New York: St. Martin's Press, 1980. ISBN 0-312-16635-4. NA 680-C625. p68-69.


AIA Gold Medal, 2007

Resources Sources on Edward Larrabee Barnes

"Barnes Gold Medal", by ArchitectureWeek, ArchitectureWeek No. 318, 2007.0117, p1.   Find books about Edward Larrabee Barnes

Search the RIBA architecture library catalog for more references on Edward Larrabee Barnes

Web Resources Links on Edward Larrabee Barnes

Edward Larrabee Barnes at ArchiplanetFind, add, and edit info at the all-buildings collaboration

Google    Search the web for Edward Larrabee Barnes

We appreciate your  suggestions  for links about Edward Larrabee Barnes.

  Great Buildings  Search | Model Viewing Tips | Free 3D | DesignWorkshop | Support | Discussion | Books | Archiplanet | ArchitectureWeek  
Subscribe free to design and building newsletters by ArchitectureWeek!

Quick Search by name of Building, Architect, or Place:   
Examples:  "Parthenon",  "Corbu",  "Helsinki"       Advanced Search
Send this to a friend   Contribute   Subscribe   Link   Credits   Media Kit   Photo Licensing   Suggestions  

Special thanks to our sustaining subscribers including, and Saniflo Upflush.

© 1994-2013 Artifice, Inc. All Rights Reserved.