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Stanford White
The Lure of the River: Sport Fishing in New Brunswick


Society architect in New York, society architect and fisherman on the Restigouche.

Stanford White (1853-1906) was a principal in the architectural firm of McKim, Mead and White of New York City, arguably the best known partnership of its kind in the United States at the turn of the century. White epitomized the Gilded Age, designing urban palaces for the Tiffany's and Pulitzer's in the city and an estate for the Goelet's in Newport, Rhode Island. The latter connection opened another door when Robert Goelet, millionaire real estate developer, proposed White for membership in the Restigouche Salmon Club in 1887.

Stanford White - 
 The New-York Historical Society

Photographic portrait of Stanford White (detail), about 1900
(© Collection of The New-York Historical Society, number 8100)

The Gould Library - 
 The New-York Historical Society

The Gould Library (detail),
New York University, designed in 1894
(© Collection of The New-York Historical Society, number 69036)

The Restigouche club was probably the most exclusive sporting association in North America at the time. The main clubhouse was located in Matapaedia, Quebec and its members included a virtual who's who of New York society. White was a most enthusiastic fisherman but his main skill as an architect was also sought in the design of several luxury fishing camps on both sides of the river during the 1890s, including work for William Vanderbilt in New Brunswick and his friend Goelet in Quebec.

Camp Harmony (Angling) Club - 
McCord Museum of Canadian History

Camp Harmony (Angling) Club (detail),
Restigouche and Upsalquitch Rivers, New Brunswick, circa 1898, shortly after its completion in 1896. Designed by New York architect Stanford White and owned by American interests, including Colonel O.H. Payne, whose luxury houseboat can be seen below the camp
(Notman Photographic Archives, McCord Museum of Canadian History, Montréal, Quebec, View-2844)

Alligator fishing fly box - 
Collection: Mrs. Cynthia Jay

Alligator fishing fly box (detail),
with plate at top inscribed "Stanford White" containing six trays of salmon flies
(Collection of Mrs. Cynthia Jay, Huntington, New York)



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