"Leaving no stone—or brick—unturned she weaves together every tantalizing aspect of the creation of Stanford White's magnificent Madison Square Garden. I found this in-depth work by Suzanne Hinman quite remarkable."—Miriam Berman, author of Madison Square: The Park and Its Celebrated Landmarks
"Hinman's skillful narrative hand, sense of structure, and the incredible amount of historical detail she weaves into every chapter make a wonderful book for anyone who enjoys a great read."—Esther Crain, author of The Gilded Age in New York, 1870–1910
"What a splendid book! This scholarly history of the second Madison Square Garden (1890-1925) provides an important addition to the story of New York City Gilded Age architecture, entertainment, and popular culture. This building, it must be noted, lasted only a few years. In a rapidly changing city, this Palace of Pleasure was torn down to make way for a great Cathedral of Insurance. Thus, this book is especially rich in expanding our knowledge of the work of the architect Stanford White and the sculptor Augustus Saint-Gaudens. The author has read widely and presents her findings in highly readable prose. This is a book for scholars and lay readers alike."—Paul R. Baker, the author of Stanny: The Gilded Life of Stanford White
"A detailed and wide-ranging account of the Gilded Age from its picaresque characters, social choreography, and cultural preferences to its volatile economy, favorite restaurants, and even construction technology, with Stanford White and his beloved Madison Square Garden at the center of it all."—Samuel G. White, Architect and co-author of Stanford White, Architect
Suzanne Hinman holds a PhD in American art history. She has taught courses in art history at a number of colleges and universities, served as director of galleries at the Savannah College of Art and Design and associate director of the Hood Museum of Art at Dartmouth, and published essays on American art in a variety of journals.
6 x 9, 472 pages, 68 black and white illustrations