In Times architecture critic Christopher Hawthorne’s full obituary of the pioneering and influential critic Ada Louise Huxtable, he expands upon the news Monday that the Getty Research Institute has acquired her archives.
Along with her papers, the Getty will receive those of her husband, industrial designer L. Garth Huxtable, who died in 1989. In addition to the written materials, Huxtable also donated her entire estate to the Getty, including her New York City apartment and a house in Marblehead, Mass.
The deal between Huxtable and the Getty, finalized last month, was “something of a surprise given the critic’s close association with New York and the East Coast,” Hawthorne writes.
Wim de Wit, head of the department of architecture and contemporary art at the Getty Research Institute, called Huxtable’s papers historically significant in part because “she spoke powerfully as a woman in this world of men, the architecture world of the 1960s and ‘70s.”