Welcome to our 3rd edition of WINDOW VIEWS.
Christian Science Center, Boston, MA
I visited the Christian Science Center last year. It was built in the American Neo-Classical Revival Style of architecture. It's an extraordinary building. I thought the windows were particularly beautiful but very elaborate.
Neo-Classical Revival Style
Features to Look For:
- Classical Greek and Roman architectural elements: columns, round arches, heavy entablatures, often with elaborate detail
- Symmetry in plans, use of wings or corner pavilions
- Used for governmental and civic buildings; common for banks, much less common for residences
America's interest in classical architecture was reborn in the 1890s. Hoosier civic leaders thought that classical architecture would symbolize authority and culture for their growing cities and towns at the turn of the century. The Neo-Classical Revival style is similar to the much earlier Greek Revival style; however, it differs by its use of elaborate classical detail, usually more permanent materials (brick, stone) and more massive scale. Architects frequently combined elements from Greek, Roman, and Italian Renaissance architecture into one design.
Government, civic institutions, and wealthy homeowners selected the style for public buildings, institutional structures, and larger residences.
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