By: Gwynn Thayer
On May 16, 1950, the famous architect Frank Lloyd Wright visited the School of Design at NC State University and spoke to over 5,000 people at Reynolds Coliseum for an architecture lecture. He even stayed with Dean Henry Kamphoefner at his modernist home in Raleigh. In the photograph above, from Special Collections, Wright is pictured walking with Dean Kamphoefner. North Carolina Modernist Houses has provided a full account of his visit to campus.
Unfortunately, a recording of this important lecture has never been located. North Carolina Modernist Houses has been on a quest to find one. Can you help?
By: Gwynn Thayer
The Special Collections Research Center has just acquired a drawing by former NC State faculty member Duncan Stuart. Stuart was one of the founding faculty members of the School (now College) of Design. The drawing was donated by one of Stuart’s former students, who studied architecture at the School of Design in the early 1970s.
Stuart (1919-2001) was born in Des Moines, Iowa, and studied at the University of Oklahoma, Chouinard Art Institute, and Yale University. He served in World War II as a cartographer. In 1948 he was appointed by Dean Henry Kamphoefner as associate professor. During his long and distinguished career Stuart’s works were exhibited at a number of institutions, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Whitney Museum, and the Chicago Art Institute. He worked in the 1950s on the geodesic dome and with Synergetics, Inc.
Stuart was known and recognized as an outstanding teacher, and during his career received the Distinguished Professor Award at NC State. On August 29, 1965, he was announced as the “Tar Heel of the Week” by the Raleigh News & Observer. The article included many quotes from former students, one of whom noted, “He was intent on teaching us to think for ourselves.” Another observed that, “He always seemed interested in us as individuals, not just as members of the class. He would talk to us about what we were doing and the conversation was two-way communication, not one-way.”
Stay tuned for more information about this drawing as we process this item and prepare the finding aid for access. The image above is a close view of the image, which is on paper and measures approximately 36″ by 36″. For more information about Architecture and Design collections in Special Collections, please visit our website.