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Richmond Library Annexe

Beaux-Arts Architecture in New York

Between 1890 and 1920 architecture in New York City was characterised by a monumental classicism known as the Beaux-Arts. Named for the famous Parisian academy, the École des Beaux-Arts, this was an eclectic design tradition. Paul Ranogajec will unpick. more info below

Beaux-Arts Architecture in New York
Beaux-Arts Architecture in New York

Time & Location

Nov 29, 2024, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Richmond Library Annexe, Quadrant Rd, Richmond TW9 1DH, UK

About the Event

Between 1890 and 1920 architecture in New York City was characterised by a monumental classicism known as the Beaux-Arts. Named for the famous Parisian academy, the École des Beaux-Arts, this was an eclectic design tradition. Architects including McKim, Mead & White, Carrère & Hastings, and Cass Gilbert took inspiration from precedents in Ancient Rome, the Italian Renaissance, eighteenth-century France, and elsewhere. The talk will answer three basic questions: Where did the Beaux-Arts style come from? Why was New York City the American centre of this tradition? What were the reasons for its demise after the 1920s? We will look in detail at several key examples across building types, including the Central Building of the New York Public Library, Grand Central Terminal, the Hall of Records, the New York Yacht Club, and the Municipal Building. We’ll see how Beaux-Arts classicism became the basis of a lingua franca of American urban architecture in the early twentieth century. The talk will also consider the role of scenography—a theatrical design mode emphasising the viewer’s active relationship with the building and its site—in shaping the aesthetics of New York’s Beaux-Arts.

delivered by Paul Ranogajec

Paul Ranogajec is an architectural historian with a Ph.D. in art history from The Graduate Center, City University of New York. He originally trained as an architect but a year studying in Rome turned him toward architecture's history. He is working to publish his first book, Beaux-Arts Scenes: Gotham’s Architecture of Reform, in 2025. Paul has worked in philanthropic administration since 2012 and relocated to London in 2022 (where he hopes to be able to stay!). Currently reemerging into the world of art history after a hiatus, he often can be found wandering in the shadows of Hawksmoor’s great East London churches in search of hidden architectural delights.

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    £15.00
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