Boston Speaks its Mind Concerning McKim, Mead & White
White, of course, shared in both the fame and the infamy that, with the passage of time, attached itself to the firm name of McKim, Mead & White. The fame, I have no doubt, was sweet. It opened doors. It brought in clients with fat commissions. It furnished a footing on the common ground where men of talent meet, whether they come from the arts, the business or the professional worlds. And since it was properly salted with criticism, with the bitter resentment of disappointed rivals and the raillery of certain informed and uninformed critics, it turned no heads. But the infamy—that was both another and, in many respects, a gayer matter, critics who rail being, for some reason, more amusing than those who praise.
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- 1.This was the third of White’s commissions from Robert and Ogden Goelet, for whom he later designed the Judge and other buildings, and the Imperial Hotel.Google Scholar
- 2.It is, I think, just and proper to say of the Library that it is a very beautiful building in which the plays of Shakespeare have been subordinated to the murals of John Singer Sargent—in which literature plays a poor second to architecture.Google Scholar
- 3.You will remember that—upon first looking over the plans submitted by the young men—the Globe compared them unfavorably to the City Morgue.Google Scholar
- 4.And why not? Why must the architect be forever condemned to a footless anonymity? Is he not at least as deserving of recognition as the featured writers syndicated by the press, radio crooners, queens of Rumania and ex-pugilists?Google Scholar
- 5.The work of one of the draughtsmen.Google Scholar
- 6.No, no—it was McKim who gave the order and paid the costs.Google Scholar