Though the term "starchitect" is a recent thing, there have been plenty of famed designers in the past few centuries who would qualify—and Stanford White is the 19th-century architect who is perhaps most deserving of the title. As part of the firm McKim, Mead & White, he was responsible for many of New York City's loveliest structures during the Gilded Age, including a plethora of social clubs, tony residences, and the beloved Washington Square Arch. But his personal life was filled with scandal—particularly his relationships with women, including 16-year-old Evelyn Nesbitt, which led to his murder atop Madison Square Garden on June 25, 1906.
Whatever your feelings on White man are—"a sybarite of debauchery," as he was called after his murder, or one of the greatest artists of his time—there's no denying his influence on the built landscape of New York City. Here, we've collected just some of his most beautiful, influential works. Did we leave your favorite off? Let us know in the comments.Read More