An interesting "biography" of the creation and development of America's first truly world-class architectural firm. The telling of the story is a bit muddled - back and forth in time, and complicated by a seemingly exhaustive description of the relationships among high Newport and New York society members who over the years commissioned and championed various residential, commercial, and civic MM&W projects (perhaps family trees, a la the the one in in "100 Years of Solitude," would have helped!). Mead remains a mystery, but the personal lives, loves, and "adventures" of McKim and White are well documented. The volume and continuing impact of their work is mind-boggling. Here in NYC, it seems like you can barely walk 10 blocks without encountering a MM&W-designed structure.
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