His first name is often spelled "Oskar".
Stonorov was born in Frankfurt, Germany, and studied at the University of Florence (1924/25), Italy and at the University of Zurich (1925–1928), Switzerland, and apprenticed with French sculptor Aristide Maillol. In 1928, he worked in the offices of André Lurçat in Paris, France.
In 1940 Stonorov, along with George Howe, worked on the design of housing developments in Pennsylvania with Louis Kahn. In 1943, Stonorov co-wrote with Kahn Why City Planning Is Your Responsibility and in 1944 again collaborated with Kahn to write You and Your Neighborhood ... A Primer for Neighborhood Planning. Between 1950 and 1954 Philadelphia architect and future Pritzker Prize winner Robert Venturi (who later worked directly for Kahn) worked in the offices of Stonorov. In 1957 he established the partnership of Stonorov & Haws.
Stonorov lived and worked near Philadelphia, where he designed modernist public housing, such as the Carl Mackley Houses, which was added to the Philadelphia Register of Historic Places in 1982 and the National Park Service's National Register of Historic Places in 1998. Because Stonorov was not registered as an architect in the United States at the time, William Pope Barney was enlisted as chief architect for the purposes of obtaining permits from the city.
Stonorov dedicated a significant amount of his life to researching and compiling the archives of Swiss architect Le Corbusier and co-edited, with Willy Boesiger and Max Bill, the Œuvre complète: Le Corbusier et Pierre Jeanneret, the definitive 8 volume set of the complete work of Swiss architect Le Corbusier initially released between 1929 ands 1969 as a result of Stonorov and Boesiger working directly with Le Corbusier.
Stonorov died with Walter P. Reuther, president of the United Automobile Workers, when Reuther's Lear Jet crashed on approach to Emmet County Airport (now Pellston Airport). Reuther and Stonorov were to perform the final inspection of a union recreation/education facility Stonorov had designed at Black Lake, 25 miles from Pellston, Michigan. The center was to open three weeks from the crash.
With his wife, Elizabeth Foster "Miss Betty" Stonorov (March 5, 1906 - December 8, 2003), Stonorov had daughters Katrina Daly, Tasha Stonorov Churchill and Andrea Stonorov Foster as well as a son Derek Stonorov and nine grandchildren. They lived at Avon Lea Farm in Charlestown Township, outside Philadelphia.
Timeline of works
- 1933 - Juniata Park Housing, AKA Carl Mackley Houses, Philadelphia (with Alfred Kastner and W. Pope Barney)
- 1939 - Children's World, 1939 New York World's Fair
- 1940 - Carver Court, Coatesville, Pennsylvania (with Louis I. Kahn and George Howe)
- 1942 - Pennypack Woods, Philadelphia (with Louis I. Kahn and George Howe)
- 1943 - Model Neighborhood Rehabilitation Project, Philadelphia (with Louis I. Kahn)
- 1945 - Prefabricated Houses, Chester County, Pennsylvania (with Louis I. Kahn)
- 1948 - Penn Towne Apartment Complex, Philadelphia
- 1950 - Cherokee Village Apartments, Philadelphia (Robert Venturi was a draftsman for this project
- 1951 - UAW Solidarity House, Detroit
- 1952 - Martin House, Wyncote, Pennsylvania
- 1953 - Schuylkill Falls Housing Project, Philadelphia (demolished, 1996)
- 1962 - Hopkinson House, Washington Square, Philadelphia
- 1964 - India Pavilion at 1964 World's Fair (with Stonorov & Haws and Mansinh Rana)
- 1969 - Casa-studio di Jorio Vivarelli, Pistoia, Italy
- Nancy Cook Most Residence, Valley Forge, PA
- 1970 - UAW Retreat and Education Facility, Black Lake, MI
- Frampton, Kenneth (1992). "The Eclipse of the New Deal: Buckminster Fuller, Philip Johnson and Louis Kahn 1934-64". Modern Architecture: a critical history (3rd ed. rev. ed.). New York, NY: Thames and Hudson, Inc. pp. 149–151. ISBN 0-500-20257-5.
- Sandeen, Eric J. "The Design of Public Housing in the New Deal: Oskar Stonorov and Carl Mackley Houses." American Quarterly, 37 (Winter 1985): 645-67.
- Wodehouse, Lawrence (1991). "Tucker & Howell and Oscar Stonorov: the Non-Environmentalists". The roots of international style architecture. West Cornwall, CT: Locust Hill Press. pp. 149–151. ISBN 0-933951-46-9.
- "Juniata Park Housing Corporation project in Philadelphia", Architectural Record, 1958 Apr., v. 77, p. 328-329
- "Preview: New York World's Fair 1964-1965", Architectural Record, 1964 Feb., v. 135, p. 137-144.
- Biography at the American Architects and Buildings
- Pennypack Woods government-sponsored cooperative communities
- Carl Mackley Homes: Unionism and Collaborative Design
- Casa Fermi, 1300 Lombard Street, built ca. 1964, Stonorov & Haws, architects
- Oscar Stonorov at the archINFORM database (biography)
- Oscar Stonorov papers at the University of Wyoming - American Heritage Center
- The Walter & May Reuther UAW Family Education Center
- Stonorov, Oskar Gregory (1905-1970) at Philadelphia Architects and Buildings]
- Louis Kahn
- Book Details
- Robert Venturi biography at PritzerPrize.com
- Venturi, Robert Charles: Biography at Answers.com
- National Register of Historic Places Listings -May 15, 1998
- Barney, William Pope (1890-1970) - Philadelphia Architects and Buildings
- Library Catalog - University of Florida (UF)
- Amazon.com: Le Corbusier : Complete Works in Eight Volumes: Books: Willy Boesiger, Oscar Stonorov, Max Bill
- "Reuther Dies in Jet Crash With Wife and 4 Others". The New York Times, May 10, 1970.
- "Elizabeth Foster "Miss Betty" Stonorov March 5, 1906 - December 8, 2003". Charlestown Township.
- Cherokee Village - project/building chronology - Philadelphia Architects and Buildings
- "Unusual housing mix to be built", Philadelphia Business Journal, May 26, 2006.
- Childress, Nelly. "Hopkinson House: A Unique Residential High-Rise On Washington Square". Hopkinson House. Retrieved 24 November 2012.