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StaThis is a picture of Stanford Whitenford White was an American architect born on November 9, 1853. According to an article in The New York Times, at a young age, White showed remarkable design ability. In 1879, he joined with Charles McKim and WilliMadison Square Garden designed by McKim, Mead & Whiteam Mead to form one of the top architectural practices in America. White designed structures such as the Newport Casino in 1880, the Villard Houses in New York in 1884, the second Madison Square Garden in 1890, and the Washington Square Arch in 1895. He was considered a “creative genius.” Though married, White had a fondness for younger girls and a reputation for adulterous affairs, including with 16-year old Evelyn Nesbit. In 1906, Nesbit’s abusive husband, Harry K. Thaw, shot and killed White on the rooftop restaurant of the Madison Square Garden White had designed (“Stanford White”).

Washington Square ArchIn the beginning of Ragtime, E.L. Doctorow sets the scene of an unknown family. He describes what the time period is like and what is happening during these times. The story of Harry K. Thaw’s murder of Stanford White over the beautiful Evelyn Nesbit was dominating the newspapers. Nesbit and White entered into a sexual relationship after her husband's abuse towards her. White comforted her and told her to go to a lawyer and show Thaw the papers. White is then murdered by Evelyn's abusive husband after finding out about the affair between him and his wife. Stanford White is also mentioned in the story for his mansion-like architecture in New York City. A reporter named Jacob Riis takes note of all of the poor people in the area and the way they are living. Riis wants to ask White if he would consider designing houses for the poor, but decides not to because all of White's clients were rich.

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http://www.nytimes.com/2008/10/26/realestate/26scap.html

"Stanford White." The New York Times. Web. http://topics.nytimes.com/topics/reference/timestopics/people/w/stanford_white/index.html.

McKim, Mead & White

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