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Stanford White's New York
Lowe, David, 1933-
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Revised edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Watson-Guptill Publications, [1999]

Physical Description:
xi, 339 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm
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"A founding partner in the legendary architectural firm of McKim, Mead & White, Stanford White designed numerous urban masterpieces, including Judson Memorial Church, Washington Square Arch, Madison Square Garden, the Players, Metropolitan, and Colony Clubs, and now-vanished palazzi for a remarkable list of clients that included the Whitneys, the Vanderbilts, the Pulitzers, and the Stuyvesant Fishes. In the years since White's death, he has been both reviled as "depraved" and praised as "the greatest designer that this country has ever produced." This amusing, scholarly, and elegant account of White's love affair with, and legacy to, New York City provides compelling evidence in support of the latter view."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

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Booklist Review

Architect Stanford White was the quintessential turn-of-the-century, high-society New Yorker, and his elegantly grand and timeless buildings captured the essence of his milieu. Lowe, professor of architectural history and author of two classic books on Chicago architecture, has set out to redress the imbalance in our memories of White, which tend to emphasize his sensational murder in one of his most impressive creations, Madison Square Garden. The large, electric man Lowe deftly describes radiated enthusiasm and joie de vivre, never losing the panache of the "fashionable bohemianism" of his youth. Adoring beauty in all forms, White was an ardent collector and lover, leading to his great success and dramatic demise. His potent artistry gave substance and dignity to New York's Gilded Age as he designed churches, libraries, monuments, and mansions for clients named Pulitzer, Vanderbilt, Tiffany, Whitney, Chase, and Astor. Lowe's vivid descriptions are anchored by 170 black-and-white photographs. ~--Donna Seaman

Publisher's Weekly Review

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.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

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. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.