Edward Larrabee Barnes

Edward Larrabee Barnes (April 22, 1915-September 22, 2004) was a prolific American architect.

Barnes was a Harvard graduate and over the years taught variously at Harvard, the Pratt Institute, and the University of Virginia. He was the founder of Edward Larrabee Barnes Associates in New York City, member of the Urban Design Council of New York, and a vice-president of the American Academy in Rome.

In 2007 he was honored with the American Institute of Architects highest award, the AIA Gold Medal.


Barnes was born in Chicago, Illinois. His mother was Margaret Helen Ayer who won a Pulitzer Prize for the novel Year of Grace. His father was a lawyer.

He graduated from Harvard in 1938 after studying English and Art History before switching to architecture. He taught at Milton Academy. He graduated the Harvard design school in 1942 and served in the Navy during World War II. After the war he worked for Henry Dreyfuss in Los Angeles designing prototypes for mass-produced homes.

In 1949 he opened his office in Manhattan where he operated Edward Larrabee Barnes Associates.


*Haystack Mountain School of Arts and Crafts (master plan), Deer Isle, Maine, 1962
*State University of New York at Purchase (master plan) 1960s
*Crown Center (master plan), Kansas City, Missouri 1970s
*28 State Street, Washington, DC, 1969
*Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis, Indiana 1969
*Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, 1971
*Smart Museum, Chicago, 1974
*Cochran-Woods Art Center, Chicago, 1974
*Bass Library, Yale University, 1976
*Citigroup Center, New York City (collaboration), 1977
*Birmingham Museum of Art, Birmingham, Alabama, 1980 (expansion)
*1010 Market Street, St. Louis, Missouri,1982
*Dillon, Read & Co. Building, New York City, 1982
*590 Madison Avenue (former IBM Building), New York City, 1983
*121 Main Street, Brown University, 1984
*Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale, Fort Lauderdale, Florida 1986
*599 Lexington Avenue, New York City, 1986
*AXA Center, New York City, 1986
*Hyde Collection, Glens Falls, New York, 1989 (expansion)
*Dallas Museum of Art
*Bennington College student housing
*Knoxville Museum of Art, Knoxville, Tennessee, 1990
*Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, 1990
*Thurgood Marshall Federal Judiciary Building, Washington, DC, 1992
*Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, PA


* "Snatched from Oblivion," (with Henry Dreyfuss) "Metropolis magazine"", October 2006, p. 56 by Jeffrey Head
* [http://www.emporis.com/en/cd/cm/?id=edwardlarrabeebarnesassociates-newyorkcity-ny-usa Emporis.com biography]
*Edward Larrabee Barnes, Modern Architect, Dies at 89 - New York Times - September 23, 2004

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* [http://www.greatbuildings.com/architects/Edward_Larabee_Barnes.html] Biography and sample buildings

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