On Center

The Late Architectural Philosophy of Louis I. Kahn as Expressed in the Yale Center for British Art

Jules David Prown

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A case study in the renowned architect’s thought and practice, showcasing the museum that was his last great design

This book analyzes the form and function of the final building designed by Louis I. Kahn (1901–1974): the Yale Center for British Art. As the Center’s first director, author Jules David Prown was instrumental in Kahn’s selection as the new building’s architect in 1969. He was present throughout the processes of planning and construction until the year of Kahn’s death, three years before the Center opened. Relying on direct quotations from Kahn, and using photographs and drawings, Prown distills and articulates the architect’s philosophy as it is embodied in the Center. 

Beginning with this volume, the series On Center will explore the collections, history, and professional activities of the Yale Center for British Art.

Jules David Prown is Paul Mellon Professor Emeritus of the History of Art at Yale University.

ISBN: 9780300255287
Publication Date: May 25, 2021
Publishing Partner: Distributed for the Yale Center for British Art
48 pages, 6 x 9
19 color + 3 b/w illus.
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Paul Mellon's Legacy

A Passion for British Art

John Baskett, Jules David Prown, Duncan Robinson, Brian All

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Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness

American Art from the Yale University Art Gallery

Edited by Helen A.

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The Architecture of the Yale Center for British Art

Jules David Prown; Foreword by Amy Meyers; Photographs by T

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Louis I. Kahn in Conversation

Interviews with John W. Cook and Heinrich Klotz, 1969–70

Edited by Jules David Prown and Karen E. Denavit

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