Edward Larrabee Barnes

Edward Larrabee Barnes (April 22, 1915 – September 22, 2004) was an American architect.

Ed Barnes' signature style as displayed in his earlier award-winning project, the Haystack School in Deer Isle, Maine.
Publicity photo of Edward L. Barnes in the 70's.
Lobby of the IBM Tower.
599 Lexington Avenue, New York City (1986)
Old Stone Square in Providence, Rhode Island (1984)
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590 Madison Ave or better known as the IBM Tower is best known for taking advantage of new public space rules that allowed for taller structures.
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Barnes was born in Chicago, Illinois into a family he described as "incense-swinging High Episcopalians", consisting of Cecil Barnes, a lawyer, and Margaret Helen Ayer, recipient of a Pulitzer Prize for the novel Year of Grace. He graduated from Harvard in 1938 after studying English and Art History before switching to architecture, then taught at his alma mater Milton Academy,[2] before returning to Harvard for further studies under Walter Gropius and Marcel Breuer. He graduated from the Harvard Graduate School of Design 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 Barnes founded Edward Larrabee Barnes Associates in Manhattan. During his long career, Barnes - with his wife Mary Barnes as interior designer - designed office buildings, museums, botanical gardens, private houses, churches, schools, camps, colleges, campus planning, and housing. Many of his buildings are widely recognized, including the Dallas Museum of Art, Walker Art Center, and the IBM Building at 590 Madison Avenue in Manhattan.

Over the years, he also taught at Harvard University, the Pratt Institute, and the University of Virginia, and served as a member of the 'Urban Design Council of New York' and as vice-president of the American Academy in Rome. In 1969, Barnes was elected into the National Academy of Design as an Associate member, and became a full member in 1974. He was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1978.[3] In 2007 he was posthumously honored with the American Institute of Architects' highest award, the AIA Gold Medal. He also received the Thomas Jefferson Medal in Architecture, the Harvard University 350th Anniversary Medal, and some forty other awards. His Haystack Mountain School of Crafts won the AIA Twenty-five Year Award.

In 1993 Barnes announced his retirement but he continued to work as a consultant for Lee / Timchula Architects, founded by Barnes' lead partner, John M.Y. Lee and associate, Michael Timchula. Lee / Timchula inherited various projects that the Barnes' office were awarded.

He died in Cupertino, California. His archives are located at Harvard University.


  • John Ming Yee Lee
  • Percy Keck
  • Alistair Bevington

Selected projectsEdit


  1. ^ "THURGOOD MARSHALL FEDERAL JUDICIARY BUILDING". Architect of the Capital. 1992.
  2. ^ "Milton Magazine, Spring 2005". Issuu. Retrieved 2021-01-02.
  3. ^ "Book of Members, 1780-2010: Chapter B" (PDF). American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Retrieved May 17, 2011.
  4. ^ Firm was renamed Edward Larrabee Barnes and John M.Y. Lee Architects in 1983.
  5. ^ blake, peter (1994). Edward Larrabee Barnes Architect. 300 Park Ave South, New York, NY 10010: Rizzoli International Publications. p. 9. ISBN 0-84-78-1821-7.CS1 maint: location (link)
  6. ^ "The Bass Library Grand Opening" (PDF). no•ta be•ne: News from the Yale Library. 22 (2): 1. Fall 2007. Archived from the original (PDF) on 26 May 2013. Retrieved 1 April 2015.
  7. ^ Daivs, Marion (6 Aug 2005). "Brown to buy Old Stone Bank Building for $31.5M". Providence Business News. Retrieved 1 April 2015.
  • Edward Larrabee Barnes, Edward Larrabee Barnes: Architect, Rizzoli International Publications, 1995. ISBN 978-0-8478-1821-1.
  • "Edward Larrabee Barnes, Modern Architect, Dies at 89", The New York Times, September 23, 2004. [1]
  • "Snatched from Oblivion," (with Henry Dreyfuss) Metropolis magazine'', October 2006, p. 56 by Jeffrey Head
  • Emporis.com biography
Mark Cavagnero and Ed Barnes at the SF Legion of Honor project.

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