Former New York Times writer Ada Louise Huxtable passed away on Monday in New York. She is best known for her architectural criticism and received a Pulitzer Prize for her critiques. Most recently, she wrote for The Wall Street Journal.
Huxtable, 91, died of cancer, according to her attorney. She began writing for The Times in 1963, as the newspaper's first architecture critic. She claimed that architecture should primarily be judged by how it makes the people who use it feel.
She was also one of the early advocates of historic preservation in a city filled with historic buildings. One of her most memorable criticisms came from her thoughts on the new Penn Station building and the demolition of the old one.
Huxtable left behind no survivors, as she never had any children. Her husband L. Garth Huxtable, an industrial designer, passed away in 1989.
Despite living on the East Coast for most of her life, Huxtable bequeathed her estate to a West Coast institution.
Her archives and estate are going to the Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles. Her papers are historically significant, the head of the Institute's architecture department told the Los Angeles Times, as they show the powerful voice of a woman in an era when architecture was the domain of men.
Her husband's papers have also been donated to the Getty Research Institute.
This deal was finalized prior to her death, as the LA Times reports that the Getty Research Institute and Huxtable had planned out the details and finalized them back in December.
In addition to Huxtable's papers and archives, the Getty Institute is also receiving Huxtable's New York City apartment and a house in Marblehead, Massachusetts.
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