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005 Sevillian Style

"The shooting took place in the roof garden of the Madison Square Garden on 26th Street, a spectacular block-long building of yellow brick and terra cotta that White himself had designed in the Sevillian style," (5). The shooting referred to is the infamous shooting of famous architect Stanford White by Harry K. Thaw, a man known for his railroad fortune.

Stanford White was an important American architect and one of the founders of the influential architectural firm of McKim, Mead, and White in 1880. White's talent for lavish Italian Renaissance style and what has come to be known as Shingle style helped establish them as one of the best-known firms of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. White designed a wide variety of public, institutional, and religious buildings, including Washington Square Arch (1889), the first Madison Square Garden (1890), the Vanderbilt family residence (1905), and the New York Herald Building (1894). Of these, only Washington Square Arch still stands. It was in June of 1906 that Stanford White attended the opening of Madison Square Garden's roof show in the building he had designed, and that is when Thaw shot and killed White.

Sevillian style is just one of the styles White used in his architecture, and it is famously known to be the style used when he designed the first Madison Square Garden. Sevillian style is less of a specific style and more of an inspiration from Seville found in Spain. The style can most be distinguished from its whitewash color with sand-colored trim. Houses in the Jewish Quarter of Seville can be seen with this style. The building of Madison Square Garden White built incorporated not only a Sevillian style and said to have Moorish architecture, but also the tower White built was modeled after the Cathedral of Seville's Giralda bell tower. It was at the top of this tower that White's apartment was. And making up Madison Square Garden then was a concert hall, theater and roof garden; the roof garden then known famously for the murder scene of White himself.

Since Stanford White’s time, there has been two more Madison Square Gardens’ built and relocated.  The latest one was built in 1968 and is located on 8th Avenue, between 31st and 33rd Streets, situated on top of Pennsylvania Station.  Today’s Madison Square Garden is neither located near the Madison Square, nor is it a garden.  But back when White lived it was.

 

http://www.cpsd.us/crls/activities/SPAIN_trip08.pdf

http://www.buzzle.com/articles/history-of-madison-square-garden.html

Ragtime by E.L. Doctorow

Last Updated on Tuesday, 13 September 2011 10:09  

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