Patrick Marini

luglio 18, 2006

U.S. Custom House – 1907

Filed under: New York — π@3κ @ 12:13 pm

Cass Gilbert, Architect
US Custom House1982
New York’s second great public Beaux Arts building, this one with all its sculptural faculties intact. If the ideal Beaux Arts building is a marriage of sculpture and architecture in a French neoclassical motif, then this building was made in heaven. Gallic neoclassicism is ram-pant, as is the statuary. Like the classical ideal, the Custom House has a beginning, middle, and end, clearly delineated in its horizontal-vertical-horizontal theme, which begins in the rustication of the first floor, continues in the engaged, colossal Corinthian columns, and culminates in the two top stories.

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