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Stanford White's New York

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An architectural, biographical, and cultural/social profile, this brilliant evocation of White’s life features a portfolio of unforgettable images of his priceless legacy to New York.
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An architectural, biographical, and cultural/social profile, this brilliant evocation of White’s life features a portfolio of unforgettable images of his priceless legacy to New York.
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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The enormous contribution of Stanford White (1853-1906), an architect in the Beaux-Arts tradition who designed the Washington Square Arch, the Player's Club, the second Madison Square Garden and many other public and private buildings in New York City, is celebrated in this lively study by architectural historian Lowe ( Lost Chicago ). Some 170 black-and-white photos illustrate the range of White's talent, from the chalet splendor of the Tiffany mansion (1882) to the Federal style of the Colony Club (1904). Tragically, many of the architect's masterpieces have been demolished. In a well-rounded portrait, Lowe describes White's muder by millionaire Harry Thaw in a love triangle involving showgirl Evelyn Nesbit, and presents White's lifestyle as that of an extravagant gambler and womanizer. (Sept.)
Library Journal
White was one of America's most gifted and prolific designers at the turn of the century, responsible, with his partners Charles McKim and William Mead, for such New York landmarks as Madison Square Garden, Tiffany's, and the Washington Square Arch. In this remarkable book, Lowe paints an unforgettable portrait of the exuberant architect and the dazzling city he inhabited and embellished for over a quarter century. The list of White's friends and clients reads like a who's who of New York society: Joseph Pulitzer, Stuyvesant Fish, Alva Vanderbilt, Elsie de Wolfe, and Augustus St. Gaudens, among others. Lowe's scholarship is impeccable, capturing the spirit of the times and the artistry of White with vigor and grace. Highly recommended.-- H. Ward Jandl, National Park Svce., Washington, D.C.
Booknews
Stanford White (1853-1906) was the architect of opulence in New York City in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, designing the Washington Square Arch; the Players, Metropolitan, and Colony clubs; Madison Square Garden; and the mansions of the Whitneys, Vanderbilts, and Pulitzers. Architectural historian Lowe combines lively, informative text with 150 black-and-white photographs--many never before published--to evoke White's life, times, influences, and impact. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780823049141
  • Publisher: Crown Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 3/28/1999
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 8.29 (w) x 9.95 (h) x 0.77 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
1 Born in New York 3
2 Apprenticed to Richardson 17
3 Paris Bound 43
4 McKim, Mead & White 63
5 Bessie Smith of Smithtown 91
6 A Door Thrown Open 107
7 The Garden 129
8 Architect to Clubland 149
9 From Square to Square 173
10 Summer Palaces and Country Cottages 193
11 Splendid Domesticity in Gotham 219
12 The New Fifth Avenue 261
13 Dynamos Earthly and Celestial 283
14 Rendezvous 303
A Selective Bibliography 331
Illustration Credits 334
Index 335
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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 30, 2001

    VIVID, DETAILED, VERY READABLE

    This is an excellent portrayal of Stanford White, his childhood, his education, and the brick-by-brick rise of his stellar architectural career. The narrative contains none of the rancor of Suzannah Lessard's portrayal of White, instead focusing on the myriad buildings he designed and his masterful blending of diverse architectural styles. The technical descriptions are balanced by colorful accounts of White's clients, White's personal life, and the maelstrom surrounding White's tragic death. This isn't just an architectural book, it's very readable American history. Dozens of photographs accompany the text.

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