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Famed architect Stanford White, partner of McKim, Mead and White, the largest and at times the most famous architectural firm in America practicing at the cusp of post civil war prosperity, was a master of classical architecture.
Perhaps lesser known was his mastery of interior design and ornamental detail in both residential and institutional buildings he created in New York, Newport R.I. and the Eastern shore of Long Island including his own summer home Box Hill. Few if any architects before or since employed decorative motifs with such flair, drew on so great a range of ideas, or achieved a density bordering on saturation without losing control. Drawing on precedents from antiquity and the Renaissance, from Asia, the Middle East and Europe he created complex surfaces inside and out. In his new book Stanford White in Detail, architect and White’s great grandson Samuel G. White, examines the innovative and intricate decorative web of carved wood and marble, metalwork, mosaic and tile that was his ancestor’s signature. White’s mastery of ornament and texture including: The Library of the Veterans Rooms at the Park Avenue Armory, the Villard Houses, the Payne Whitney House on Fifth Avenue and Rosecliff in Newport. His summer house Box Hill, Stanford White’s summer house—a laboratory for his creative mind, are also included. Don’t miss this up close and personal look at an extraordinary talent.
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Samuel G. White, partner at PBDW Architects, has practiced architecture since 1974 …
Samuel G. White, partner at PBDW Architects, has practiced architecture since 1974. His diverse portfolio of educational, institutional, and residential projects focuses on designs that introduce new interventions to historic settings in ways that both reinforce and reinterpret their contexts. Recently completed work includes a new Net-Zero Energy dormitory for the Center for Development Economics at Williams College, expansion of Saint David’s School in New York City, restoration of the cast iron facades of 462 Broadway, and rehabilitation of the historic Bay Head Yacht Club in New Jersey. Previous projects include Poly Prep Lower School in Park Slope, Brooklyn, which was the first LEED-Certified school in New York City, the Dana Discovery Center on the Harlem Meer in Central Park and the adaptive reuse of Duane Library at Fordham University. 462 Broadway, Poly Prep Lower School and Duane Library have each been recipients of the prestigious Lucy G. Moses Preservation Award from the New York Landmarks Conservancy. Current projects include the modernization of Stanford White’s Astor Courts in Rhinebeck and expansion of the Garden House at Packer Collegiate Institute in Brooklyn.
A National Academician and a trustee or advisor to a number of educational and arts organizations from 2000 to 2012 he was an adjunct assistant professor of Fine Arts at New York University. He is the author of The Houses of McKim, Mead & White; McKim, Mead & White: The Masterworks; Stanford White: Architect; and Nice House. Mr. White lectures regularly to museum and preservation groups. He went to Harvard and then to Penn for architecture.
Harvey Granat Presents
with Harvey Granat and special guest Alan Bergman with a performance by Christine Andreas and Ann Hampton Callaway