Temples of Power, Temples of Pleasure:
Stanford White’s Manhattan
Wednesday, September 12
Stanford White was the first modern “starchitect” – a man of extraordinary appetites and talent.
Part classicist, part visionary (and a member of The National Arts Club), he was the dynamic force behind many of Manhattan’s most iconic Gilded Age structures – including the Tiffany and Vanderbilt mansions.
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 (pictured above). Paula Uruburu, will speak about some of White’s splendid architectural achievements and his indelible imprint on Manhattan.
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.