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  1. The Architect of Desire: Beauty and Danger in the Stanford White Family
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  2. The Architect of Desire: Beauty and Danger in the Stanford White Family

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  • ISBN13: 9780385319423
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My interest in this book was piqued when I discovered that I live within walking distance of Box Hill and had probably passed it many times. The history of the area and of the nearby houses and the cemetery where White is buried further increased my curiosity. As I read the book I sat studying a map in order to locate all the familiar and less familiar locations. Since I also love architecture and art, I enjoyed Suzanne Lessard's vivid descriptions as I perused pictures of White's beautiful edifices, some of which are, unfortunately, lost to us. I am now ready to walk through Manhattan with newly education eyes and have strolled the back roads of Smithtown, including the beautiful Rhododendron Drive with a new appreciation. Having read McCulloch's The Greater Journey, I had previously learned about St. Gaudens and other early 20th century artists. This added more depth to my understanding.

White and the family certainly had their problems, as do many historical... Read more
I wanted to read this book because it recounts the family history of a person I met many years ago, a nun who was a retired, and renowned, English professor at Boston College, who was then living in the retirement home of her religious order in Albany, NY. I knew that she was a granddaughter of Stanford White and I was eager to learn about the family. First of all, let me state that the author writes beautifully; her descriptions of the family home, of her relatives, of the deep Catholic faith that inspired her and so many of her relatives almost brought tears to my eyes. She describes her grandmother's faith in God and love for her family as being a large and precious jewel. The artistic and intellectual talents shared by her family are extraordinary. The information about Stanford White's architectural contributions occupies a large section of the book and is well worth reading carefully. I thought that the main thread that ran through the book was that although some members of... Read more
This book defies a brief explanation. I sensed deep passion in the author as I read her words, a passion for her family's weaknesses and strengths, a passion for knowing herself, a passion for the power of architecture, and a passion for her great-grandfather, the infuriatingly complex architect, Stanford White.
Stanford was generous and careless, creative and self-destructive, maniacally disciplined and utterly irresponsible. While he selflessly gave his heart and soul to his massive stone buildings, he thoughtlessly shattered the hearts and lives of the people around him. Even while he was racked by ill health, he drove himself in his work life AND his recreational life as if he were immortal. He either believed he could never die, or knew he surely must and so didn't care.
The sexual portrait of Stanford can be rather harrowing: The countless love nests he set up around New York; his systematic debauchery of young women (many of whom fell in love with... Read more
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