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Gorgeous!

Last summer, I visited Buffalo, and delighted in several examples of terra cotta buildings there, including this Sullivan building, and others, e.g. this one and this one.

Uncouth Reflections

Paleo Retiree writes:

A spectacularly cushiony and lacy column capital from the 1899 Bayard-Condict Building, the only project that the legendary Chicago School architect Louis Sullivan ever built in New York City:

Could that mofo draw or what? Intense training in drawing used to play a major role in the education of architecture students. No longer.

By the way, I have no idea if this particular column capital is an original or a reproduction. In 2000, when renovation work was begun on the building, it was found that only one of the original column capitals had survived, so the others were modeled on it.

One of the more demented assertions that was peddled in the Modernism-besotted architecture history classes I attended back in the ’70s was the notion that the Bayard-Condict Building (as well as other Louis Sullivan works) were great because they were proto-Modernist. I remember thinking that one over really hard. Impossible to dispute that Sullivan’s buildings were…

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Architecture Du Jour

Gorgeous, indeed!

I also like Buffalo’s General Electric Tower, which I got to see last summer on a trip there.

They knew how to make beautiful buildings back then…

Uncouth Reflections

Paleo Retiree writes:

The midsection of the General Electric Building, a 50-story Deco/Gothic skyscraper built in 1931 and designed by the Beaux Arts-educated John W. Cross. It’s in Manhattan, at Lexington Ave. and 51st St.

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Gotta love all them old former Canadian Pacific Railway Hotels, like the similarly gorgeous other ones – the Banff Springs Hotel (also designed by Price) and the Chateau Lake Louise in Alberta, the Chateau Laurier in Ottawa, the Royal York in Toronto… Oh, they are glorious, but indeed, the Chateau Frontenac is truly the grandest of them all, in its design.

Uncouth Reflections

Blowhard, Esq. writes:

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Le Château Frontenac, Quebec, designed by Bruce Price.

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