LANDMARK WEST! presents: The Girl on the Velvet Swing: The Murder of Stanford White and NYC in the Gilded Age

The year: 1906. The murderer: millionaire Harry Thaw. The murder victim/alleged assailant: celebrity architect Stanford White, responsible for designing countless landmark buildings in Manhattan. The woman: Evelyn Nesbit.

It was one of the hottest news stories of the newly-dawned 20th century and NYC’s 14 daily newspapers were all battling for scandalous details to boost circulation. Reporters interviewed everyone with anything to say about the affair. Evelyn Nesbit’s testimony was so explicit and shocking that Theodore Roosevelt himself called on the newspapers not to print it verbatim. But the district attorney’s cross-examination of Nesbit was brutal, and the jury was dead-locked. 

LANDMARK WEST! is excited to host New York Times bestselling author Simon Baatz for this lively discussion and reconstruction of the trial of Harry K. Thaw for the cold-blooded murder of Stanford White atop a building he designed. Baatz, in researching the murder for his book, The Girl on the Velvet Swing, dove deep into historic media accounts and found a thoroughly modern tale.

LANDMARK WEST!, FRIENDS of the Upper East Side’s friends across Central Park, wish to extend a special invitation for our members to attend this discussion on May 8th. FRIENDS members may purchase discounted tickets here, with a bonus “two-for-one” deal that admits a guest for free with ticket purchase.

Books will be available for sale and signing.

This Event is hosted by LANDMARK WEST!


Tuesday, May 8th
6:30 p.m.
Macaulay Honors College, 35 W. 67th Street, 2nd Floor Screening Room

$10 Members of FRIENDS and LW!
$20 General Admission

 Click HERE to register