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Richard Foster (architect)

Richard T. Foster (March 21, 1919 – September 13, 2002.[1]) was a modernist architect who worked in the New York City area, and also around Greenwich, Connecticut. Foster is best known for his collaborations with architect Philip Johnson.

Richard Foster
BornMarch 21, 1919
DiedSeptember 13, 2002(2002-09-13) (aged 83)



Foster was born in Pittsburgh and educated at the Pratt Institute School of Architecture, graduated in 1950, and was hired into Philip Johnson's office directly out of school. Foster worked on the designs in Johnson's office of the 1950s, notably the Glass House located in New Canaan, Connecticut.[2]

Foster left in 1962 to form his own firm, Richard Foster Associates, but as an independent architect returned to work on major projects with Johnson into the 1970s. His own designs included a circular rotating house in Wilton, Connecticut, published in Popular Mechanics in 1968.[3] Foster continued to work and live in Wilton until his death in 2002.[4][5]


Foster's work includes:


  1. ^ Lestic, Joanna (September 16, 2015). "Richard T. Foster". The Newtown Bee. Retrieved June 2, 2017.
  2. ^ "Richard T. Foster". Architectuul. Retrieved June 2, 2017.
  3. ^ Mikesell, Arthur (1 August 1968). Tired of the View? Just Turn the House. Popular Mechanics. p. 109. Retrieved 10 August 2017.
  4. ^ "about the architect". Round House Wilton. Retrieved 10 August 2017.
  5. ^ Dunlap, David (October 8, 2008). "Richard T. Foster, Architect, Is Dead at 83". The New York Times. Retrieved June 2, 2017.
  6. ^ Miller, Michelle (April 15, 2015). "AD Classics: New York State Pavilion / Philip Johnson". Arch Daily. Retrieved June 2, 2017. Architects in Charge : Philip Johnson and Richard Foster
  7. ^ Lestic, Joanna (September 16, 2015). "Richard T. Foster". The Newtown Bee. Retrieved June 2, 2017. Mr Foster had served as the chief architect and/or co-architect for several well-known public and private buildings including The Lincoln Center, The New York State Theater, The New York State Pavilion at the 1964 World’s Fair, The Kline Biology Tower at the Yale University Campus in New Haven, The Eastman Dental Center in Rochester, N.Y., The Montauk Country Club, The New York University “Bobst Library” in New York City and his own residence, “The Rotating House,” in Wilton.
  8. ^ "About the Kreeger Museum". Kreeger Museum. Retrieved June 2, 2017.
  9. ^ Fixen, Anna (June 1, 2017). "Restoring Richard T. Foster's Round House". Architectural Record. Retrieved June 2, 2017.
  10. ^ Herrick, Betty (June 27, 1984), "20 Years of Successful Designs", The Wilton Bulletin, pp. 1, 5

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