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The Grandest Madison Square Garden

"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 book is especially rich in expanding our knowledge of the work of the architect Stanford White and the sculptor Augustus Saint- Gaudens. This is a book for scholars and lay readers alike." - Paul R. Baker, author of Stanny: The Gilded Life of Stanford White

"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


"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


"Using the building as an armature Suzanne Hinman narrates 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. That armature can support a great deal of information and Dr. Hinman uses it to full and entertaining advantage." - Samuel G. White, Architect and co-author of Stanford White, Architect


"A fascinating book, as engaging and enthralling as a novel." Annarella review at