What You'll Do
In 1906, in a crime of passion dubbed by contemporaries as "The Trial of the Century," New York City millionaire Harry Kendall Thaw murdered architect Stanford White on the roof of the original Madison Square Garden. You'll listen in during this tour as architect Chien Dao divulges the story of the scandalous affair between Thaw's wife—actress Evelyn Nesbit—and White, and travel to the sites that played a prominent role in this 20th-century case that gripped the nation. In addition, you'll learn the history of the city's parks and use them as a means to study the life and architectural contributions White made before his demise.
Learn About "The Trial of the Century"
Trace the architectural work and romantic dalliances of Stanford White and learn about one of the 20th century's greatest scandals
Study NYC Architecture and History
Learn about the architectural contributions of Stanford White as well as the history of notable sites as you visit Broadway, Gramercy Park, Union Square Park, and Washington Square Park
Each event is capped at 16 participants; each event requires a minimum of 4 participants in order to take place.
Architect, Studio Owner
Chien Dao's fondness for architecture began at an early age. As a child, he designed his own furniture and quickly fell in love with the art form after reading about Frank Lloyd Wright. This passion carried on through adulthood, and when he moved to New York City more than a decade ago, Chien became enthralled with its structural transformations throughout the years, the historic events that played out in its streets, especially on the Bowery, and the legacies of its prominent architects. Today, he owns his own architecture firm, Chien Dao Studio, and continues to study the city's rich legacy.
Sunday (4 p.m.–6 p.m.)
Monday (4 p.m.–6 p.m.)
December 9 | December 16
January 13 | January 20 | January 27
Thursday (5 p.m.–7 p.m.)
December 12 | December 19
January 9 | January 16 | January 23 | January 30
Saturday (2 p.m.–4 p.m.)
December 7 | December 21
Where You'll Meet
Tour groups meet in front of Eleven Madison Park before embarking on an expedition that traces through Broadway, Gramercy Park, Union Square Park, and Washington Square Park.