"You know my services are always at your disposal": Rare Autograph Letter from the Great Architect Stanford White
Stanford White Autograph Letter Signed.
Item Number: 3779
Autograph letter signed by architect Stanford White. It reads, “To [Marie] Anais [Casey], believed to have been romantically involved with White by his biographer, Aline B. Saarinen. With a typewritten letter signed from Saarinen to Casey’s daughter requesting additional background information on her mother’s affair with White. The handwritten letter reads, “My dear dear Anais What do you mean? You know my services are always at your disposal- but in such a case as this I should feel very badly indeed if you did not consider what I have done for you as a labor of love & I am sure that at least in this case you can & will so accept it. To have pleased you – is all the reason I care of want for. ever yours Stanford White.” The Saarinen typed ALS dated November 2, 1959 to Ruth Watkins (Casey’s daughter) seeks additional background information on her mother’s affair with White, noting her mother was quite young when she met White, and the reticence of women in that era to discuss personal matters. Matted and framed opposite a photograph of White.
Stanford White was an American architect and partner in the architectural firm of McKim, Mead & White. He designed a long series of houses for the wealthy, and numerous public, institutional, and religious buildings. His design principles embodied the "American Renaissance" and is one of the great American architects of the 19th century.