Richard T. Foster was an architect who worked primarily in New York and Connecticut. He was born in 1919 in the Fineview section of Pittsburgh, Pa. and educated at Perry High School, Carnegie Institute of Technology and Pratt Institute.
During World War II, while at Carnegie Mellon, Foster enlisted in the Army and served as the rank of Captain. Later he graduated from Pratt Institute with a Bachelor of Architecture and received the Excellence in the Field Award. Foster met Philip Johnson’s as a student at Pratt and later went on to work in partnership with him. He founded the architectural firm Richard Foster Associates. Foster created and worked on some of the most influential buildings in New York City including the 1965 World’s Fair Pavilion, David Koch Theater (formerly New York State Theater) at Lincoln Center, Bobst Library and the Tisch Hall at the NYU Stern School of Business. In 1950 working with Mies van der Rohe and Philip Johnson he served as architectural coordinator and interior designer on the House of Seagram, Park Avenue.
In 1968 he constructed his own home in Wilton, Connecticut known as the Round House. A unique residence that can rotate 360 degrees providing every room a complete view of the landscape. It was his family’s primary residence for over 35 years. Foster lived there until his death in 2002.
Special thanks for providing resources and support to help make this web based archive about Richard Foster’s Round House possible goes to Craig Foster, Darrel Morrison, Marc Wolf, Mack Scogin, Merrill Elam, Erica Stoller, ESTO, Iwan Baan, Anna Fixen and Architectural Record.
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