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Stanford White, Architect Hardcover – October 21, 2008
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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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