Stone was born in Fayetteville, Arkansas in 1902. He studied at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, then apprenticed himself to Henry R. Shepley in Boston until 1925. After completing his studies at Harvard University and at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology , he received a Rotch Travelling Scholarship to Europe which lasted from 1927 to 1929.
As one of the earliest American proponents of the International Style, Stone had a major impact upon architectural education in the United States during the 1950s. He helped transform the International Style modernism of the 1950s into the postmodernism of the 1960s and 1970s by substituting formalism for functionalism.
At the time when he was selected to design the Helfaer Community Service Building, Mr. Stone was one of the leading architects in the United States. He also designed the Kennedy Center in Washington DC and the General Motors Building in New York City.
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