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Stanford White, Architect Hardcover – October 21, 2008


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Rizzoli (October 21, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0847830799
  • ISBN-13: 978-0847830794
  • Product Dimensions: 10.4 x 1.5 x 12.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #389,083 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"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

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Stanford White (1853-1906), arguably the most celebrated American architect of his day, was the visionary genius of the illustrious architecture firm McKim, Mead & White. A defining figure of the so-called Gilded Age, White lived an extravagant life, which ended prematurely in a sensational death. His celebrity as a result was such that perceptions of the man have to some degree distracted attention from an extraordinary body of work. Now, more than a century since his passing, the enduring quality of White's architectural legacy becomes ever more apparent as the circumstances of his life and death fade to the background. In acknowledgment of this legacy, Stanford White Architect comprehensively explores White's sumptuously rich oeuvre--from the residences he designed for himself and his wife, Bessie, both at Box Hill in Saint James, Long Island, and at Gramercy Park in New York; to the extraordinary and opulent houses he deigned for others, such as Rosecliff in Newport, Rhode Island, and the Payne Whitney House in New York; to those works beyond the residential, including such masterpieces as Newport Casino Theatre in Rhode Island, the Century Association in New York, and the no longer standing Moorish fantasy cum pleasure pavilion Madison Square Garden. Stanford White Architect will serve for generations to come as a vivid testament to a resplendent life in architecture.

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Shannon Deason on October 27, 2008
Format: Hardcover
This really is the definative work on the great Stanford White. The text is informative without being a PHD disertation and the images are really spectacular. White was not only an amazing architect of the classic venacular, but he was a huge celebrity in his own right. This book covers his singular career with panache, it covers his work both minor and major, with the main focus being on his best work, most notibly his masterpeice for Mrs. Herman Olreichs, that house is simply perfection personified and the images in this book capture it at its grandest. Of course, White has many distinguished works and they are all given their due in this book. If you have any interest at all in Stanford White, Gilded Age architecture, or just appreciate fine books, then i cant imagine you not being pleased with this book. A fine tribute to an iconic architect.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By L. T. Quirk on December 11, 2008
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This is a wonderful book that may only appeal to architectural buffs as I am but it would be a wonderful look for anyone just to see how great architecture is done. Truly a coffee table book, as you need to put it on the table to read it comfortably, I highly recommed it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Matthew J. Mosca on December 30, 2010
Format: Hardcover
This is a beautiful and well written study of this superb architect. The chosen buildings are very characteristic and really illustrate the quality and character of his work, from the inventive early buildings to the very polished and sophisticated examples of American Classicism. I have one serious complaint, however. I was involved in the restoration of of White's first major church, built as First Methodist Church, Baltimore, Maryland, now known as Lovely Lane Methodist Church in honor of the name of the first congregation. The restoration of the sanctuary is spectacular, centered on a huge organ with gilt pipes, under a sky painted to show the stars in their positions as they were on the night of the dedication, a unique decoration. Rather than show the front of the oval sanctuary with the splendid organ, they show the back! Nor or the colors well rendered; incomprehensible selections. The other buildings appear to be far better photographed. Baltimore played an important role in the early career of McKim, Mead and White and this church was their first major church commission: it deserved better treatment. Nonetheless, I would still recommend this book, particularly in view of the photographs of White's own homes.
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