Triumvirate: McKim, Mead & White

Triumvirate: McKim, Mead & White

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A rich, fascinating saga of the most influential, far-reaching architectural firm of their time and of the dazzling triumviratea€”Charles McKim, William Mead, and Stanford Whitea€”who came together, bound by the notion that architecture could help shape a nation in transition. They helped to refine Americaa€™s idea of beauty, elevated its architectural practice, and set the standard on the worlda€™s stage. Their world and times were those of Edith Wharton and Henry James, though both writers and their society shunned the architects as being much too much about new money. They brought together the titans of their age with a vibrant and new American artistic community and helped to forge the arts of Americaa€™s Gilded Age, informed by the heritage of European culture. McKim, Mead a White built houses for Americaa€™s greatest financiers and magnates: the Astors, Joseph Pulitzer, the Vanderbilts, Henry Villard, and J. P. Morgan, among others . . . They designed and built churchesa€”Trinity Church in Boston, Judson Memorial Baptist Church in New York, and the Lovely Lane Methodist Church in Baltimore . . . They built librariesa€”the Boston Public Librarya€”and the social clubs for gentlemen, among them, the Freundschaft, the Algonquin of Boston, the Players club of New York, the Century Association, the University and Metropolitan clubs. . . . They built railroad terminalsa€”the original Pennsylvania Station in New York Citya€”and the first Roman arch in America for Washington Square (it put the world on notice that New York was now a major city on a par with Rome, Paris, and Berlin). They designed and built Columbia University, with Low Memorial Library at the centerpiece of its four-block campus, and New York University, and they built, as well, the old Madison Square Garden whose landmark tower marked its presence on the citya€™s skyline . . . Mosette Brodericka€™s Triumvirate is a book about America in its industrial transition; about money and power, about the education of an unsophisticated young country, and about the coming of artists as an accepted class in American society. Broderick, a renowned architectural and social historian, brilliantly weaves together the strands of biography, architecture, and history to tell the story of the houses and buildings Charles McKim, William Mead, and Stanford White designed. She writes of the firma€™s clients, many of whom were establishing their names and places in upper-class society as they built and grabbed railroads, headed law firms and brokerage houses, owned newspapers, developed iron empires, and carved out a new direction for Americaa€™s modern age. From the Hardcover edition.The New York Life work \vas a true blessing for the office as the jobs were adequately funded and came in at well over a ... torn down when New York Lifea#39;s lease with the hotel management was up less than fifteen years later (1905), do notanbsp;...

Title:Triumvirate: McKim, Mead & White
Author:Mosette Broderick
Publisher:Knopf - 2010-10-26


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