28 State Street

Edward Larrabee Barnes with Emery Roth and Sons, 1969

Harleston Parker Medal, 1971

Barnes was a contemporary of I.M. Pei, and, like him, an AIA Gold Medal winner. Both used a consistent modernist expression in their corporate, institutional, and residential work, but where Pei utilized expressive details and sculptural forms, Barnes’ buildings tended towards simple geometries and reductive detailing Despite the urban sophistication of most of his buildings, his best known work is the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts on Deer Isle, Maine.

28 State has a taught granite skin with repetitive horizontal windows. Larger openings at the base and a stepped top give the building a sculpted character, and articulate the classical base, shaft and capital with absolutely minimal means.

Image: ©Peter Vanderwarker