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Stanford White's New York Paperback – March 1, 1999


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Watson-Guptill; Revised edition (March 1, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0823049140
  • ISBN-13: 978-0823049141
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 8.3 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,873,759 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers 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.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From 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.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 19, 1999
Format: Paperback
The book business is really weird. Hundreds of people who know nothing -- the authors of those Chicken Soup and diet books come to mind -- write books that leap out of the bookstores. And scholars who spend years learning about fascinating subjects end up being the 1,456,657th best seller on Amazon.com. I was browsing in my library when I came across this retrospective of Stanford White's work and life in New York. It's a magnificent book, lovingly and intelligently written; the kind of book you can read once a year and continue to enjoy. Anybody who loves history, particularly the history of NYCity should try to get this book. The pictures are terrific. The authors should be proud of themselves.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Lance C. Panzer on June 30, 2001
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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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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Alan W. Petrucelli on May 25, 2003
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Now in focus: A photo-packed history of a city that once was. Part architectural retrospective, part biography, part cultural and social history, this gem is both a brilliant evocation of the noted architect's life and times, as well as a portfolio of unforgettable images of his priceless legacy to the Big Apple, such sa Madison Square Garden and the Washington Square Arch. Author David Garrard Lowe marries stunning photographs with lively prose that brings to life the glittering, and often sensational, world of New York's
"beau mode" --- both city and country ---- in the late 19th and 20thc centuries. Start spreading the news, I'm leaving today ... to buy this book.
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