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Triumvirate: McKim, Mead & White: Art, Architecture, Scandal, and Class in America's Gilded Age Hardcover – Deckle Edge, October 26, 2010
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That's the bad news. Here's the good news -- Paul Baker's 1989 biography of Stanford White remains as fresh, as granular and as vivid now as it was when first released. Combined with Leland Roth's rock-solid interpretation of the firm's growth and significance, you will miss NOTHING from Broderick's book. In fact, you will take a pleasurable course that avoids her errors, her paper-thin grasp of the subject matter, and the social-history-trivial-pursuits approach to the history of architecture.
Thanks to Amazon, and the passage of a few years, treat yourself to used copies of the glorious, large format coffee-table books on White, the firm's Masterworks and Houses and you will be up-to-speed in less time than slogging through this grammatical dumpster of irritating, pseudo-relevant factoids.
There are several aspects of this story that either failed to fire up Miss Broderick's sense of wonder for the subject; or, perhaps she simply does not have the insight to understand the incredible story availed of her fastidious research. It is clear from her inert descriptions of various McKim Mead and White designs that she lacks much passion or understanding for architecture. The paucity of and poor selection of photographs of the firm's work is further evidence of her limited grasp on the subject. She also lacks much genuine appreciation for the staggering amount of superlative creations that were issued from the McKim Mead and White office.
If anything, the author is continuously marginalizing each architect's contribution to their various signature projects by always inferring the heavy lifting was either the mirage of a direct copy or done by some lone plodding draftsman in their office. Miss Broderick also appeared tone deaf to the nature of male to male relationships during the late Victorian to Edwardian eras. Without a shred of evidence she seemed too eager to insinuate otherwise innocent camaraderie as direct evidence of gay behavior. One wonders if Ms.Read more ›
Finally, there are certain editing slips that become annoying over the course of the book. Clients, colleagues and peers are sometimes referred to by their formal names, other times by variations on familiar first names, like these persons are our best friends. Some of the background stories could have stayed in the background so the larger points could be made. Lastly, "Sienna" is a made up word for a Toyota minivan, the Italian marble is "Siena"!
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An interesting book about the great American architectural firm of McKim, Mead and White. I would have like more pictures of their buildings, but that would be another book. Read morePublished 12 months ago by c langridge
Despite the demolitions that have sadly reduced this heritage over the years, McKim, Mead, and White left their classical stamp on many of our great cities. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Wayne Dynes
It is great architectural history. Clearly showing that Stanford White was gay or bisexual. It can be inferred that the other two partners were also gay (bisexual). Read morePublished on December 21, 2013 by DOC
I have been looking for this book for along time and was thrilled to find it. This seller is excellent and ships quick!Published on February 15, 2013 by Raybon
A highly readable account of the prominent architectural firm McKim, Mead & White. I have one major quibble: why nothing (not even one sentence) on 998 Fifth Avenue, a gorgeous... Read morePublished on December 18, 2012 by caetano-sf
I bought this just to skim over for research. Instead of skimming I ended up reading the entire book. Hands down this is a great book!Published on October 25, 2012 by James Pratt M.Arch
Having a special interest in the work of McKim, Mead & White and the kind of architectural design at which they excelled, I had high hopes for this book, the first full-length... Read morePublished on May 15, 2011 by Amazon Customer
Hello-I really enjoyed Mosette Broderick's history of the principals of this famous New York firm. She provides an interesting insight into the personalities of the renowned... Read morePublished on March 15, 2011 by Susan Vandermeulen
I was greatly looking forward to an honest and open review and history of the work of the Gilded Age's greatest architects. Read morePublished on March 8, 2011 by J. Barber