The other big story behind Astor Courts
We recently came across some of the photos from Chelsea Clinton’s wedding over the weekend, which was held at Astor Courts, and Stanford White’s name was briefly mentioned as the architect who designed the estate back in 1902. Although the wedding made headlines across the globe, little was mentioned about the architect’s own tragic story which was just as newsworthy when it happened over 100 years ago.
Stanford White was a well known architect during the fabled Gilded Age. His architectural firm McKim, Mead, and White was considered one of the greatest among the Beaux-Arts firms. White designed and decorated many Fifth Avenue mansions for the elite, such as the Astors and Vanderbilts. His other noted projects include the Washington Square Arch, which still stands in Washington Square Park in Greenwich Village and the second Madison Square Garden (demolished in 1925). It was on the Madison Square Roof Garden that Stanford White designed that he was later murdered. Killed by a husband, Harry Kendall Thaw, of a former lover, Evelyn Nesbit, White’s trial was dubbed the Trial of the Century.