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Gabriele Annan, 6 March 1997

The Architect of Desire: Beauty and Danger in the Stan ford White Family 
by Suzannah Lessard.
Weidenfeld, 352 pp., £18.99, March 1997, 0 297 81940 2
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... and rosettes, and for huge marble fireplaces and coffered ceilings ripped out of European palaces. Lessard persuades one that he was a genius at using volume and light to create serene, festive space. Nearly all of his New York banks, churches, clubs, company headquarters and palatial mansions for the newly rich have been pulled down or have fallen into ...

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