Stanford White in Detail

Intricate floor wooden door pattern
Jonathan Wallen –
November 19th, 2020
4:00PM - 5:00PM

What do Gould Memorial Library in the Bronx, Prison Ship Martyrs Monument in Fort Greene Park and Payne Whitney Mansion on Fifth Avenue (now home to the French Embassy) have in common? All are recent OHNY Weekend sites. And all were designed by legendary New York architect Stanford White.

Once proposed as the “Commissioner of Beauty” for New York City, White was a master of architecture, interior design, and ornament, fearlessly juxtaposing materials and objects from myriad cultures and times. Drawing on precedents from antiquity and the Renaissance, from Asia, the Middle East, and Europe as well as Colonial America, White created complex surfaces inside and out.

Join Samuel G. White, great-grandson of Stanford White and author of Stanford White in Detail (Monacelli Press, 2020) for a virtual book talk that explored White’s work and a visual presentation of photographer Jonathan Wallen’s sumptuously detailed images of carved wood and marble, metalwork, mosaic, and tile, as well as overall room views.

Author Bio
Samuel G. White, a great-grandson of Stanford White, is a consulting partner of PBDW Architects in New York.  As a practicing architect with an extensive portfolio of preservation and adaptive reuse projects as well as a deep interest in American residential architecture, he brings a unique perspective to the discussion of Stanford White’s designs. He is the author of three books on McKim, Mead & White, most recently Stanford White Architect. A fellow of the American Institute of Architects and a National Academician, he is a trustee of Green-Wood Cemetery and the Saint-Gaudens Memorial, a member of the Advisory Council of the New York Landmarks Conservancy, and chair of the Committee to Save Gould Memorial Library, the most significant surviving institutional building by Stanford White.

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