About: Meredith L. Clausen

I’m professor of architectural history at the University of Washington and the organizer of a recent session on Ada Louise Huxtable at the Society of Architectural Historians’ annual conference. My research spans 19th- and 20th-century architecture, particularly in postwar U.S. and fin-de-siècle Paris, and is currently focused on Le Corbusier's early years in Paris. My past books and articles have focused on the Pan Am Building, Art Nouveau theory, and women in architecture, among other topics; an article on Michael Graves's Portland Building, power plays, and postmodernism will be out in June 2014 in the Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians.

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The Fiery Career of Architecture Critic Ada Louise Huxtable

Ada Louise Huxtable with Richard Meier in 1996
Photo: Vladimir Lange

“I wanted her attention, but I was scared of it…She was tough, but her words were beautiful.” More»

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      Drab or dynamic?

      This orange-brown colored tapestry was so in fashion in the late 17th century wealthy patrons ordered matching furniture upholstery to complement this unusual shade.

      The shade became known as tabac d’Espagne, or Spanish tobacco.

      Tapestry: The Offering to Bacchus from The Grotesque Series, about 1690 - 1730, Beauvais Tapestry Manufactory. J. Paul Getty Museum.

      09/30/14

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