anonymous asked:

Did Harry Thaw shoot the wrong architect?

Who knows!

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”.

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Andrea Palladio, Villa Barbaro, Maser, 1554-1560
Erik Gunnar Asplund, Lister County Courthouse, Solvesborg, Sweden, 1917-1921
Philadelphia Rapid Transit Company, Old Car Barn
McKim, Mead & White, William G. Low House, Bristol, Rhode Island, USA, 1886-1887 (demolished 1962)
Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Braun, Vanna Venturi House, Chestnut Hill, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA, 1959-1964
Paolo Zermani, Casa Zermani, Varano, Italia, 1997


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.

June 25, 1906: Architect Stanford White, age 52, is shot dead on the roof theater of his own creation, Madison Square Garden; the murderer, Harry K. Thaw, is a jealous husband.

Madison Square Garden exterior of tower, with Diana statue on top. New-York Historical Society, McKim, Mead & White Architectural Record # 59117


There’s talk in the news about renovating Penn Station…however, the McKim, Mead, and White Beaux Arts masterpiece isn’t coming back again. 

Penn Station, Train Concourse, ca. 1910. MMW Architectural Record Collection, New-York Historical Society

George P. Hall & Son.  Pennsylvania Station Waiting Room, looking north. 1911. New-York Historical Society

Alexander Hatos. Penn Station Demolition, December 8, 1965. New-York Historical Society


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: