Stanford White (1853-1906)

Stanford White, Architect, of McKim, Mead & White, New York

Stanford White was a member of the celebrated architectural firm of McKim, Mead & White, that designed so many of the most decadent Beaux-Arts mansions during New York's Gilded Age. Among the partners, it was Stanford White who undertook the many domestic commissions from the wealthiest of Gilded Age America. He was considered to be the arbiter of good taste. In 1906, in a scandal that shook Gilded Age society to its core, White was shot and murdered by a jealous husband, Harry Kendall Thaw, son of a Pittsburgh railroad baron, who was acquitted on the grounds of insanity.