Released January 08, 2013
Ada Louise Huxtable, a longstanding friend and supporter of PEM, a champion of thoughtful historic preservation, and among the finest of architectural critics, passed away on January 7 in New York City at the age 91. Ms. Huxtable served for a time as a PEM Overseer, and successfully fought a battle to prevent routing a major highway through the museum and the middle of Salem -- just one of the many lively debates in which Ms. Huxtable engaged during her long career. Ms. Huxtable was a tireless advocate for the design of more humane and well-conceived urban environments, as well as architecture that inspired the human spirit. She was also an extraordinarily vivacious, gracious, and insightful individual who enriched the lives of all who read her many books and articles in The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal, among others.