Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Window Views #3

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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Shey said...

I love this new photo meme!

These are lovely & beautiful captures! :)

Shey said...

By the way, entered a different url. Sorry. :)

My entry is here:

White Christmas

ellen b. said...

That's a beautiful building with lots of great detail. Love the arched windows!

Mojo said...

VERY impressive! Are you hedging your bets making them half-sepia in case the Mr. Linky's decide to comingle again, or are the buildings just that color? Great shooting in any case.

James said...

I like the shapes of these windows as well as the details of the building. Great choice.

Lew said...

They don't make them like that any more! Great shots of the those windows.

Ivanhoe said...

Mine will be up at midnight. Going to bed now. Will visit everybody tomorrow morning.]
Good night! :o)

sunnymama said...

They are pretty gorgeous windows! What a fantastic building. Oh and thanks for hosting Window Views, I'm enjoying participating and getting a new perspective on the windows around us here in our little part of the world. Windows are fun :)

Sonja said...

Great windows! Looking forward to finding neat windows to photograph. :)

Gattina said...

Very nice shots !
From all big cities I visted in the States (NY, LA, San Fransico, Chicago,etc) I liked Boston the less and you know why ? Because of its architecture, it looked too European and I just thought I was back home again, lol !

Samantha, Mr. Tigger and Maverick said...

Love the pictures!! Buildings are very cool subjects!
Your FL furiends,

Ria said...

Oh my gosh, that is GORGEOUS! I dont see much of that from my end here.

Mo said...

I love classic architecture, and it suits this meme perfectly.
Your pics remind me of how I pictured in my mind the great house in Brideshead Revisited.
Mine is another view of that wonderful old church in Reading, England.

kaye said...

what a magnificent building! Stop by to see my sepia scene and window view Thanks :)

ROSIDAH said...

Beautiful architecture with great window views! Have a great day, everybody :)

PJ said...

What a great new series, Mary. I'll be looking for some good views.