Category: academic architecture

The remnants of McKim,Mead & White’s Pennsylvania Station, Manhattan

Finished in 1910 and surviving until 1963, Penn Station was Classical Revival architecture at its most monumental and expressive, designed by the leading Classical Revival firm.

The eagle sculpture from the building survives at a commuter stop on the  Long Island Railroad.

A sad commentary on the state of railroads and civic pride in this country 50 years ago.IMG_1857.jpgIMG_1853.jpgIMG_1854.jpg

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The Exquisite Thomas T. Gaff House

Built for a Cincinnati industrialist in 1904 and designed by the prominent NYC society architect Bruce Price and the equally prominent Washington,DC society architect Jules Henri de Sibour, this house is strikingly beautiful with its steep Mansard roof, strong visual contrast between the deep red brick walls and white stone quoins, and compact yet soaring massing.

As architecturally impressive as the exterior is, it is outdone by the interior with its rich wood paneling and the sense of movement from space to space, and grand ballroom.

The building is now the Embassy of Columbia’s ambassador’s residence.

De Sibour designed many grand residences in the Embassy Row neighborhood, including 1785 Mass. Ave.,the former headquarters of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. (photograph by (c) Bill Lebovich,2016)Thomas T. Gaff House (1).jpg

New Washington,DC Architectural Tour

I am offering a new architectural/historical tour for October 19,November 2,9,16, and 23. The tour will be of Lafayette Square and the several blocks to the east and west, covering more than 200 years of American architectural styles. Since 1800, the White House has been the epicenter of the city,attracting the most important residents and institutions, housed in many of the architecturally most interesting buildings.

The tour will be from 1 to 3 pm and cost $25/person.

For more information or any questions, please email or call (301) 467-2831.
Old Executive Office Building 2