Thaw shot and killed Stanford White as a result of his jealousy over the relationship between his wife, Evelyn Nesbit, and White. After one hung jury, he was found not guilty by reason of insanity. Years later, White’s son Lawrence Grant White would write, “On the night of June 25th, 1906, while attending a performance at Madison Square Garden, Stanford White was shot from behind [by] a crazed profligate whose great wealth was used to besmirch his victim’s memory during the series of notorious trials that ensued.” via
Stanford White was an American architect and partner in the architectural firm McKim, Mead & White, the frontrunner among Beaux-Arts firms. He designed a long series of houses for the rich, and numerous public, institutional, and religious buildings. His design principles embodied the “American Renaissance”.
Andrea Palladio, Villa Barbaro, Maser, 1554-1560 VS Erik Gunnar Asplund, Lister County Courthouse, Solvesborg, Sweden, 1917-1921 VS Philadelphia Rapid Transit Company, Old Car Barn VS McKim, Mead & White, William G. Low House, Bristol, Rhode Island, USA, 1886-1887 (demolished 1962) VS Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Braun, Vanna Venturi House, Chestnut Hill, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA, 1959-1964 VS Paolo Zermani, Casa Zermani, Varano, Italia, 1997
The Goelet House in Newport was built in 1883-85 and the architects were McKim Mead and White…black and white pictures from the 1880s…color from the 1990s…one of the best preserved and largest of the Newport shingle style homes….
New York. The Gorham Manufacturing Company Building, 386 Fifth Avenue at 36th Street,1904.
Gorham Company moved uptown from their 1877 building at 19th and Broadway, They hired Stanford White of McKim, Mead and White to build their new Offices and showroom, opening in September 1905. Rivals Tiffany and Company, opened their own Stanford White designed building
up the block at 401, with in days of Gorham’s.
In 1965 as response to the loss of historically significant buildings in New York city, most notably Pennsylvania Station, the late Mayor Robert F. Wagner signed into legislation the Landmarks Law –creating the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission.
Pennsylvania Station was designed by the architectural firm of McKim, Mead & White and completed in 1911. The Beaux Arts-style train station occupied two full City blocks from 31st to 33rd streets between Seventh and Eighth avenues, and was demolished in 1963 to make way for Madison Square Garden and an underground commuter railroad station. On February 11th The Museum of the City of New York is hosting and exclusive preview of PBS’s documentary “The Rise and Fall of Penn Station”. To check out the movie that details the life of this iconic building see: bit.ly/1aYeK8R