Triumvirate: Mckim, Mead & White: Art, Architecture, Scandal, and Class in America’s Guilded Age

Tue, Nov 30, 2010
Knopf, 2010

A fascinating saga of the most influential architectural firm of America’s Gilded Age, Triumvirate details the dazzling rise of Charles McKim, William Mead, and Stanford White – three powerful figures who created many of America’s major monuments including New York’s Pennsylvania Station, Boston Public Library, Columbia University campus, and Low Memorial Library, and the Brooklyn Museum, among many others. Architectural and social historian Mosette Broderick weaves together the strands of biography and urban history, highlighting, the story of America in an era of transition from an unsophisticated young country, the role of architecture in social status, and the arrival of artists as an accepted class in American society.

Mosette Broderick

Mosette Broderick is the director of the Urban Design and Architecture Studies Program and the Historical and Sustainable Architecture M.A. Program at New York University. An architectural historian, she is the author of an earlier monograph on a masterpiece of McKim, Mead & White, The Villard Houses: Life Story of a Landmark (New York: Viking Press. 1980).

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