Renowned architect Stanford White left his mark all over New York City. White’s portfolio of work includes many of Manhattan’s most iconic Gilded Age structures such as the original Pennsylvania Station, the Washington Square Arch, the Tiffany and Vanderbilt mansions, the IRT Powerhouse, and the Player’s club. It was White’s desire to transform the city, combined with his obsessive love of beauty, that ultimately lead to his death on the rooftop of his own pleasure palace, the original Madison Square Garden.
In an audio-visual presentation on September 12th at the National Arts Club – a club that White himself was a member of – professor and author Paula Uruburu will discuss the prolific life and work of Stanford White. This event, like all programming at The National Arts Club, is free and presented in partnership with Landmark West!. We have a limited number of seats reserved for Untapped Cities Insiders. The mission of the National Arts club is to “stimulate, foster and promote public interest in the arts and educate the American people in the fine arts.” The club features two galleries for rotating exhibitions, a dining hall with a great prix fix lunch menu and dinner, a bar, and multiple lounge areas. The National Arts Club is housed within the landmarked Samuel J. Tilden House, a historic Gilded-age brownstone in Gramercy Park that features stained glass windows by John LaFarge.
Speaker Paula Uruburu received a doctorate in American literature and Drama from SUNY Stony Brook. She teaches literature and film studies at Hofstra University; her book American Eve: Evelyn Nesbit, Stanford White, The Birth of the It Girl, and the Crime of the Century, has been optioned for a film adaptation.
Stanford White portrait. Photo via Wikimedia Commons.
Madison Square Garden. Photo Source: NYPL
The Payne Whitney Mansion by Stanford White. Photo by Jess Nash