New York: New York School of Interior Design, 1993. First edition. Original Wraps. Quarto, pp. 16, lavishly illustrated with b/w photographs. Near Fine in Wraps. Item #19464
Beaux-Arts buildings in New York City include the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Custom House, the Brooklyn Museum, the Public Library, and Grand Central Terminal. The special power and charm of the Beaux-Arts sprang from its willingness to experiment with the most modern of materials and devices - steel and glass, elevators and rivets - and to combine these things with the distillation of a style stretching back to Paris, Rome and Athens. This melding of the high tradition of classical beauty - and even that of the Gothic - with modernity of construction was the genius of the Ecole des Beaux-Arts. The illustrations in this catalog are a selection from the 103 items in the 1993 exhibition.