Year of Palladio

Commercial Buildings

The country is replete with classical-style commercial buildings, also products of the American Renaissance. We could list hundreds of examples just of banks, great and small, where the classical image lent an air of permanence and security. One of the great banks showing the Palladian spirit is the result of in ingenious enlargement: the former Merchantís Exchange on Manhattanís Wall Street _. The Greek Ionic lower colonnade, designed by Isaiah Rogers, dates from 1842. In 1907 McKim, Mead & White added the upper story, fronted by a Corinthian colonnade, transforming the structure into a Palladian-like palazzo of the grandest scale, one recalling the colonnades of the Palazzo Chiericati in Vicenza _(Figure 88). In contrast, a diminutive, but no less informed work is the 1903 Valley National Bank in Staunton, Virginia, an evocation of Romeís Arch of Constantine, a structure certainly known to Palladio (Figure 89).

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Figure 89

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