Tag: John Russell Pope

John Russell Pope, a sampling of his Washington,DC buildings

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Washington Monument, flanked by East Wing of National Gallery of Art.

IMG_0031Robert Mills won the competition for the Washington Monument in 1836, but it was not until the late 19th century that construction was completed, delayed by various problems, especially raising money for construction.

I.M. Pei designed the second building for the National Gallery of Art in the late 1960s.  Its modernist architecture of flat facades and sharp angles is in marked contrast to John Russell Pope’s Classical Revival building, started in the late 1930s and finished in the 1940s, after his death, by his associates.

(c)Bill Lebovich, all rights reserved, 2013

Photographing History: Architect Attribution Can be confusing

Who designs a building when it is done by a large firm, with a named partner,  or when the client changes architects? (3) In the early 20th century John Russell Pope was commissioned to design a campus plan for Dartmouth College,a late 18th century college with some buildings dating nearly to the date of founding.  Pope’s plan was not executed, according to most accounts, but whoever laterImageImage designed the plan and the 1930s buildings clearly followed Pope’s ideas. (2) I always attribute the Christian Science Church on 16th St.,Washington,DC to I.M. Pei because it was his firm and he did the Christian Science Complex in Boston, but my colleagues always credit it to a Pei partner. (1) In the last few years, scholars now make a big deal of the role of the Norcross Brothers in H.H. Richardson’s designs.  The argument is that he only did these magnificant drawings and it was left to Norcross Brothers to figure out dimensions, resulting in something that could be built.  (C) Bill Lebovich, 2013.  All rights reserved.Image