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Stanford White, Architect
     

Stanford White, Architect

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by Elizabeth White, Jonathan Wallen (Photographer)
 
Through all-new, full-color photography, Stanford White, Architect is the first book to explicitly feature the work of the principal genius of the illustrious American architecture firm of McKim, Mead & White. The firm was also a prime mover in the realm of residential design, with Stanford White as its visionary head. As an architect of opulent houses—in

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Through all-new, full-color photography, Stanford White, Architect is the first book to explicitly feature the work of the principal genius of the illustrious American architecture firm of McKim, Mead & White. The firm was also a prime mover in the realm of residential design, with Stanford White as its visionary head. As an architect of opulent houses—in Newport, Rhode Island, along the Hudson, on the Long Island Gold Coast, and elsewhere—Stanford White had few peers. His genius for this form is expressed nowhere more wonderfully than in such personal masterpieces as his country home Box Hill and his city home in Gramercy Park. Along with residential commissions for such eminent American families as the Vanderbilts, Astors, Pulitzers, Paynes, and Whitneys, Stanford White lent his eye and hand to New York’s Pennsylvania Station, Brooklyn Museum, The American Academy in Rome, and the Boston Public Library, as well as many diverse commissions, including social clubs, public buildings, churches, monuments, university buildings, and many other forms, each of which is represented in this landmark volume.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"The lavish photographs, particularly the archival images of White buildings that have been demolished, such as the New York Herald Building and the original Madison Square Garden, are sure to make even the most committed minimalists a bit wistful." ~The Washington Post

"...a sumptuous look at the famous designer’s most inventive commissions..." ~The New York Times

"Two dozen fine examples of White's remarkable taste, flair, and erudition...Jonathan Wallen's excellent photography...make this book a visual treasury..." ~Interior Design Magazine

“But what really puts this book in the buy category are photos by Jonathan Wallen, plus a well-reproduced stock of vintage photos. Often in full-bleed format or two-page spreads, the pictures reveal the flamboyance and at times mesmerizing strangeness of White’s work.” ~Traditional Building

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780847830794
Publisher:
Rizzoli
Publication date:
10/21/2008
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
452,088
Product dimensions:
10.40(w) x 12.30(h) x 1.50(d)

Meet the Author

Samuel G. White is a practicing architect in New York and a great-grandson of Stanford White. Elizabeth White, formerly director of publications at Sotheby’s, is a writer and editor based in New York. Jonathan Wallen is a photographer who specializes in historic buildings.

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3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
mlongmire More than 1 year ago
Being a big fan of McKim, Meade, and White, this latest offering from architect Sam White is absolutely essential in that the book offers new photographs and quality interpretations of the emerging elements of style which so captured the Gilded Age spirit. Particularly gratifying to this reader was the inclusion of the earlier residential works which offered a measured perspective of the firm's work up until their more acclaimed municiple commissions. Unfortunately the book's scope is so immense that early house appendages such as superintendent cottages and carriage houses are not represented. However, the book will certainly become the indispensable classic that accords Stanford White and the Shingle Style it's place in the American Architectural pantheon as a whole.