Murder at the
The 1906 murder of Stanford
White by Harry Thaw at Madison Square Garden, a building designed by
to place a nude 13-foot statue
of Diana atop the tower at Madison Square Garden created
controversy. Diana now resides at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
Square Garden, designed by architect Stanford White, as it appeared in
1906. Harry Thaw, angered by White's prior affair with his wife
(then only 16-years-old), murdered White at the Garden on June 25, 1906.
|A June 29,
cartoon in the New York American
showing White shooting arrows at young virgins. In 1901-1902, the
47-year-old White had a torrid affair with 16-year-old model
(then actress) Evelyn Nesbit.
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depiction of Harry K. Thaw shooting
he watched the musical comedy
|Newspaper diagram of the murder at
Madison Square Garden's rooftop theater. Around 11:00 pm, Harry
and Evelyn Thaw rose to leave and headed toward the elevator door to
the right of the diagram. Harry suddenly left his wife and stood
behind some large leafy plants, where he
watched White for a moment. He then pulled out a revolver from
under his coat and walked directly to White's table. He stopped
two feet in front of White and fired three shots. Two
entered the head
of the architect and one his shoulder.
theater at Madison Square Garden,
scene of the
murder of Stanford White.