Year of Palladio

Public Buildings

For civic works, we can be proud that our nationís capital city contains some of the noblest expressions of the classical tradition to be found anywhere. These buildings supported the tradition for use of the classical style for public buildings throughout the country. We will note here three works that most conspicuously reflect the grandest aspects of the Palladian sprit. The imposing complex comprising Washington, D.C.ís Federal Triangle, most notably Arthur Brown, Jr.ís magnificent centerpiece housing the Departmental Auditorium, is without peer in evoking the Rome documented by Palladio _. On a par, or course, is Cass Gilbertís Supreme Court Building on Washingtonís Capitol Hill, a reflection of Palladioís elevation of the Temple of Neptune (now more accurately identified as the Temple of Venus Genetrix) _(Figure 65). No one standing before Gilbertís great Corinthian temple could fail to be awed both by the building and the institution it houses. And next door, the domed reading room of the Library of Congress ranks among the nationís most awesome classical spaces (Figure 66).

Figure 64
Figure 64
Figure 65
Figure 65
Figure 66
Figure 66

The American Renaissance | Public Buildings | Educational Buildings

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