David Dillon, longtime Dallas Morning News architecture critic, dies at 68

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David Dillon, longtime Dallas Morning News architecture critic, dies at 68

| architecture, architecture critic | June 04, 2010

Hat tip to Dallas Morning News.

I have enjoyed reading Dillon’s critic’s over the years.  I am sorry to learn of his passing.


David Dillon, for 25 years architecture critic of The Dallas Morning News and one of the country’s foremost writers on the subject, died early Thursday of a heart attack at his home in Amherst, Mass. He was 68.

A wordsmith of finely chiseled phrases and sometimes devastating wit, Mr. Dillon brought Dallas architecture to national attention, and he introduced local readers to important architectural developments elsewhere. His singular critical voice helped shape civic debate on issues across North Texas, from underdevelopment in South Dallas to the evolution of the downtown Arts District to sprawl in the northern suburbs. He wrote as avidly about little-known local architects doing good work as about international stars.

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