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Old architects learn new tricks

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Editor's note: This is Part 2 of a two-part series. Click here to read Part 1.Last time, we looked at architects who -- not atypically -- produced some of their best work toward the end of their long careers. In architecture, at least, it seems that old age doesn't necessarily imply an inability to grow and change. This time, we'll look at a few architects who changed their design philosophies late in life, and found even greater success. Edward Durell Stone (1902-78) was one of the most celebrated architects of modernism's second generation. In his mid-50s, however, Stone became disillusioned with the movement, declaring, "Much of our modern architecture lacks (the) intangible quality of permanence, formality and dignity. It bears more resemblance to the latest-model automobile, depending upon shining, metallic finish -- doomed to early obsolescence." Curiously, this period of uncertainty in Stone's life -- coming at an age when most people are mulling retirement ...