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Title: The Brochure Series of Architectural Illustration, vol. 06, No. 1, January 1900 - The Ten Most Beautiful Buildings in the United States.
Author: Various, Hamlin, A. D. F. (Alfred Dwight Foster)
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                          THE BROCHURE SERIES
                    OF ARCHITECTURAL ILLUSTRATION.
                                 1900



                     LIST OF TEXT ILLUSTRATIONS.


  CARVING.

    Carved Arm-piece of Choir Stall, Sixteenth Century,
      Cathedral of Genoa                                             123

    Carved Choir Stall, Modern (1856) Baptistery, Pisa,              131

    Carving, Detail of, Twelfth Century, Church of
      S. Ginsto, Lucca                                               127


  CATHEDRALS OF ENGLAND, THE.

    Canterbury Cathedral: The Choir                                  185

    Chichester Cathedral from Northeast                              183

    Hereford Cathedral from Northeast                                187

    Lincoln Cathedral: The Choir                                     193

    Norwich Cathedral from East                                      185

    Peterborough Cathedral: The Choir                                189

    St. Albans Abbey from Southwest                                  199

    Wells Cathedral: The Choir                                       197

    Wells Cathedral: West Front                                      195

    Winchester Cathedral: West Front                                 193

    Worcester Cathedral: The Choir                                   191

    Worcester Cathedral from Southwest                               181


  CHATEAU OF CHAMBORD, THE.

    Lantern of the Great Staircase                                   151

    Plan                                                             155

    View of Chambord (1576)                                          157


  CHIPPENDALE CHAIRS.

    Chippendale Chairs, Chinese Pattern                               77

    Chippendale Chairs                            73, 75, 77, 79, 81, 83


  DUCAL PALACE: VENICE, ITALY.

    Ceiling, Detail of, Ante-Chamber of Chapel                       139

    Fireplace in Doge's Bed-chamber                                  141

    Piazetta and Sea Façades                                         137


  DUOMO AND THE CAMPANILE, THE. FLORENCE, ITALY.

    Plan                                                              93

    Window, The Campanile                                             91


  ENGLISH CARVED FIREPLACES.

    Mantelpiece, Montacute House                                      63

    Mantelpiece, Restoration House, Rochester                         59

    Mantelpiece, Standish Hall                                        61

    Mantelpiece, Stokesay Castle                                      65

    Mantelpiece, Wraxhall Manor                                       67


  GROTESQUES FROM NOTRE DAME, PARIS.                          95, 97, 99


  GUILD HALLS OF LONDON, THE.

    Butcher's Hall, Board Room                                       121


  HOUSE OF JACQUES COEUR: BOURGES, FRANCE.

    Bird'seye View (After Viollet-le-Duc)                            105


  JAPANESE GARDENS.

    Fukagawa, Detail of Garden                                        27

    Hill Garden, Model of                                             35

    Lanterns, Garden, Typical Varieties of                            31

    Merchant's Villa Garden, Detail, Fukagawa                         29

    Model Pine Tree                                                   25

    Stepping Stones, Arrangement of                               31, 33

    Tea Garden, Inner Enclosure, Tamagawa                             33


  LOUIS XVI. SCONCES.

    Douai                                                            161

    Fontainebleau                                               161, 163

    Versailles                                                  161, 163


  PETIT TRIANON, VERSAILLES.

    Temple of Love                                                    57


  SPANISH WROUGHT-IRON SCREENS.

    Chapel Screen, Seville Cathedral                                  41

    Pulpit, Avila Cathedral                                           47

    Screen, Louvre                                                    47

    Screen, Zaporta Chapel, Church of La Seo, Saragossa               45


  SPECIMENS OF GOTHIC WOOD CARVING.

    Gothic Carved Woodwork of the Fifteenth and Sixteenth
      Centuries, Bavarian National Museum, Munich          111, 113, 115

    Gothic Carved Woodwork of Fifteenth and Sixteenth
      Centuries, Germanic Museum, Nuremberg                          109


  TEN MOST BEAUTIFUL BUILDINGS IN THE UNITED STATES.

    City Hall, New York City                                          19

    Congressional Library, Approach, Washington                       11

    Madison Square Garden, New York City                          13, 15

    Madison Square Garden, New York City (Detail)                     15

    National Capitol, Washington                                    3, 5

    Public Library, Boston, Entrance                                   7

    St. Patrick's Cathedral, New York City                            17

    St. Patrick's Cathedral, Façade, New York City                    17

    St. Patrick's Cathedral, Interior, New York City                  19

    Trinity Church, Boston                                             7

    Trinity Church, New Porch, Boston                                  9

    Trinity Church, Tower, Boston                                      9


  TWELFTH CENTURY CAPITALS FROM THE BENEDICTINE MONASTERY,
    MONREALE, SICILY.

    Capitals from Monreale                                        49, 51


  TYPES OF ITALIAN GARDEN FOUNTAINS.

    Fountain by Bernini, Villa Borghes                               145

    Fountain, Garden of Vatican, Rome                                147

    Fountain, Villa Andobrandini, Frascati                           147

    Fountain, Villa Medici, Rome                                     145


  WORK OF SIR CHRISTOPHER WREN.

    Greenwich Hospital from the River                                173

    Hampton Court Palace, Fountain Court                             179

    Kensington Palace, Entrance                                      173

    Monument, The, London                                            171

    St. Bride's Church Steeple: London                               175

    St. Dunstan's-in-the-East Steeple: London                        175

    St. Stephen's Walbrook Steeple: London                           177

    Trinity College Library: Cambridge, England                      169



LIST OF SUBJECTS.


  Bourges: House of Jacques Coeur                                    103

  Campanile, The: Florence, Italy                                     87

  Capitals, Twelfth Century: Benedictine, Monastery, Monreale,
    Sicily                                                            49

  Carved Fireplaces, English                                          65

  Carving, Specimens of Gothic Wood                                  115

  Cathedrals of England, The (See List of Plates)                    183

  Chairs, English, Chippendale                                        71

  Chambord, Chateau of: France                                       151

  Chateau of Chambord: France (See List of Plates)                   151

  Chippendale Chairs (See List of Plates)                             71

  Coeur, Jacques, House of: Bourges, France                          103

  Competitions, Brochure Series.

  Competition O (Ten Most Beautiful Buildings in the
    United States)                                                     3

  Competition P (Photographs for Brochure Series)               131, 143

  Ducal Palace, The: Venice, Italy (See List of Plates)              135

  Duomo and the Campanile, The: Florence, Italy (See
    List of Plates)                                                   87

  English Carved Fireplaces                                           65

  English Cathedrals                                                 183

  English Chippendale Chairs                                          71

  England, Guild Halls of London                                     119

  Florence, Italy, The Duomo and the Campanile                        87

  Fountains, Italian Garden                                     145, 147

  France, The Chateau of Chambord                                    151

  France, House of Jacques Coeur: Bourges                            103

  France, Petit Trianon: Versailles                                   55

  Gardens, Italian Fountain                                     145, 147

  Gardens, Japanese                                                   23

  Gothic Wood Carving, Specimens of                                  115

  Grotesques from Notre Dame, Paris                                   95

  Guild Halls of London, England, The (See List of Plates)           119

  Hamlin, Professor A. D. F. (Ten Most Beautiful Buildings
    in the United States)                                              5

  House of Jacques Coeur: Bourges, France (See List of
    Plates)                                                          103

  Italian Garden Fountains                                      145, 147

  Italy, The Campanile: Florence                                      87

  Italy, The Ducal Palace: Venice                                    135

  Italy, The Duomo and the Campanile: Florence                        87

  Japanese Gardens (See List of Plates)                               23

  London, The Guild Halls of                                         119

  Louis XVI. Sconces                                                 161

  Monreale, Sicily, Twelfth Century Capitals from the
    Benedictine Monastery                                             49

  Notre Dame, Paris, Grotesques from                                  95

  Paris: Grotesques from Notre Dame                                   95

  Petit Trianon, The: Versailles (See List of Plates)                 35

  Sconces, Louis XVI                                                 161

  Screens, Spanish Wrought-Iron                                       39

  Sir Christopher Wren, Work of                                      167

  Spanish Wrought-Iron Screens (See List of Plates)                   39

  Specimens of Gothic Wood Carving                                   115

  Ten Most Beautiful Buildings in the United States, The
    A discussion by Prof. A. D. F. Hamlin                              5

  Ten Most Beautiful Buildings in the United States, The
    (See List of Plates)                                               3

  Twelfth Century Capitals from the Benedictine Monastery,
    Monreale, Sicily                                                  49

  Types of Italian Garden Fountains                             145, 147

  United States, Ten Most Beautiful Buildings in the                   3

  Venice, Italy, The Ducal Palace                                    135

  Versailles, France: The Petit Trianon                               55

  Wood Carving, Gothic                                               115

  Work of Sir Christopher Wren (See List of Plates)                  167

  Wren, Sir Christopher, Work of                                     167

  Wrought-Iron Screens, Spanish                                       39


[Illustration: PLATE I      NATIONAL CAPITOL, WASHINGTON]



                                  THE
                            BROCHURE SERIES
                    OF ARCHITECTURAL ILLUSTRATION.

                    1900.      JANUARY      No. 1.



                                THE TEN
                       MOST BEAUTIFUL BUILDINGS
                        IN THE UNITED STATES.


During the Autumn of the past year a voting contest was proposed to
the readers of THE BROCHURE SERIES with the object of determining
by the consensus of votes, which, in their opinion, were the Ten
Most Beautiful Buildings now existing in the United States. The only
condition imposed was that no reader should enter more than one list.
A lively interest was taken in the contest, and over two hundred votes
were received,--the voters being almost entirely either architects or
professed students of architecture.

The following ten buildings, named in the order of preference, are
those which received the greatest number of votes in this contest; and
the appended percentages show approximately what proportion of the
total number of votes each received:--

     I. NATIONAL CAPITOL, WASHINGTON. Hallet, Thornton, Hadfield, Hoban,
        Latrobe, Bulfinch, Walter and Clark, Architects. About 99%.

    II. BOSTON PUBLIC LIBRARY, BOSTON. McKim, Mead & White, Architects.
        About 97%.

   III. TRINITY CHURCH, BOSTON. Gambrel & Richardson, Architects. About
        96%.

    IV. CONGRESSIONAL LIBRARY, WASHINGTON. Smithmeyer, Peltz and Edward
        P. Casey, Architects. About 75%.

     V. COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY LIBRARY, NEW YORK CITY. McKim, Mead & White,
        Architects. About 70%.

    VI. TRINITY CHURCH, NEW YORK CITY. Richard Upjohn, Architect. About
        55%.

   VII. MADISON SQUARE GARDEN, NEW YORK CITY. McKim, Mead & White,
        Architects. About 45%.

  VIII. ST. PATRICK'S CATHEDRAL, NEW YORK CITY. James Renwick,
        Architect. About 35%.

   IX.  "BILTMORE HOUSE," BILTMORE, N.C. R. M. Hunt, Architect. About
        29%.

    X.  CITY HALL, NEW YORK CITY. Mangin and Macomb, Architects. About
        29%.

[Illustration: NATIONAL CAPITOL      WASHINGTON]

In the article which follows, Prof. A. D. F. Hamlin comments upon the
above list, and draws some interesting conclusions from the comparison
of it with a similar list, compiled fifteen years ago in the same
way by the readers of _The American Architect_. The announcement of
the award of the prizes in this Competition will be found on the
publishers' page of this issue.

[Illustration: PLATE II      BOSTON PUBLIC LIBRARY, BOSTON]



                  "THE TEN MOST BEAUTIFUL BUILDINGS."

                      A DISCUSSION OF THE VOTE BY
                           A. D. F. HAMLIN,
            PROFESSOR OF ARCHITECTURE, CORNELL UNIVERSITY;
             AUTHOR OF "HAMLIN'S HISTORY OF ARCHITECTURE."


A final and absolute verdict upon the relative merits of works of
art is in most cases an impossibility. Since there is no such thing
as an absolute objective standard of comparison for all works of a
given class, the personal equation and the time equation must always
enter largely into critical estimates by individuals or groups of
individuals. Least of all are we likely to pass correct judgments
on contemporary works, because we measure them wholly or mainly by
the dominant taste or fashion of our time, instead of by that larger
experience and more impartial judgment which comes with the lapse of
decades and centuries. When, however, a large number of intelligent and
presumably competent critics are found in agreement as to the merits
or defects of a given work, it is safe to conclude that there is some
ground for the verdict; and when the agreement extends to a number of
buildings (in the verdict about to be discussed we are dealing with
buildings) it is reasonable to draw definite inferences as to the
grounds of the agreement, both in relation to the works so judged and
in relation to the view-point and taste of those who have pronounced
the opinion.

[Illustration: NATIONAL CAPITOL      WASHINGTON]

Of course in such a vote as that by THE BROCHURE readers on the "Ten
Most Beautiful Buildings in the United States," the result can only be
a composite,--a consensus reached by the fusing together and averaging
of a great number of widely diverse estimates. The very terms of the
vote will be variously interpreted according as the expression "the
most beautiful building" is made to apply to the exterior alone, or
to the plan, the decorative detail, the scale, or other elements of
architectural design, or to include all; and according to the varying
values assigned to dignity, simplicity, richness, grandeur, refinement,
and other qualities, by the several voters. But, having made all these
allowances, there is much instruction and suggestion in the vote, both
as to the tendencies of taste among the constituency of THE BROCHURE
SERIES, and as to the progress and tendencies of American architecture,
especially in the light of the vote of 1885 in _The American Architect_.

[Illustration: PLATE III      TRINITY CHURCH, BOSTON]

As a preface to the comments about to be made on these tendencies, it
is in order to present a few statistics with regard to the vote and
the buildings voted on. In these I shall call the BROCHURE'S list of
the ten buildings receiving the highest number of votes the "First"
list; the supplementary list of the ten coming next in popularity, the
"Second" list, and that published in _The American Architect_ in 1885,
the "1885" list. (The "Second" and the "1885" lists are printed on
page 17.)

[Illustration: BOSTON PUBLIC LIBRARY, ENTRANCE      BOSTON]

A comparison of the styles represented in these three lists is
interesting, after making all allowances for doubtful classifications
of some of the examples.

  I. (_a_) RENAISSANCE GROUP:

                            "FIRST."  "SECOND."  "1885."
      Classic                  2         1         1
      French                   3         2         1
      Italian                  2         2         0
      Spanish                  0         1         0
      Modern American          0         1         0

     (_b_) MEDIÆVAL GROUP:

      Romanesque               1         2         5
      Gothic                   2         1         3
                              --        --        --
                              10        10        10

The percentages of the total number of votes won by buildings in the
different styles in the "First" list were as follows:

      Classic                 16.9
      French                  15.6
      Italian                 12.0
      Romanesque               9.6
      Gothic                   9.0
                              ----
                              63.1

These percentages are only approximate, and the apportionment would
vary with a different classification; but they show, in a rough way,
that the ten buildings ranking highest received about 63 per cent of
all the votes, and that the seven in the Renaissance group obtained
44.5 per cent of all the votes.

[Illustration: TRINITY CHURCH      BOSTON]

Comparing next the classes of buildings represented, we have this
result:

                            "FIRST."  "SECOND."  "1885."
  II. Government Buildings,    2         3         6
      Churches                 3         0         2
      Libraries                3         0         0
      Museums                  0         2         0
      Club Houses              0         2         0
      Hotels                   0         1         0
      Private Houses           1         1         1
      Amusement Buildings      1         0         0
      Commercial Buildings     0         1         0
      Educational              0         0         1
                              --        --        --
                              10        10        10

[Illustration: PLATE IV      CONGRESSIONAL LIBRARY, WASHINGTON]

Comparing the geographical distribution, we have:

                            "FIRST."  "SECOND."  "1885."
  III. New York City           5         4         3
       Washington              2         1         1
       Boston                  2         0         1
       Biltmore, N.C.          1         0         0
       Chicago                 0         1         0
       Albany                  0         1         2
       St. Augustine           0         1         0
       Pittsburgh              0         1         0
       Hartford                0         1         1
       Cambridge               0         0         1
       North Easton            0         0         1
                              --        --        --
                              10        10        10

Of the ten buildings in the "1885" list but three appear in the "First"
list, and two in the "Second"; so that only five of the ten buildings
adjudged in 1885 to be the most beautiful in the United States are
included in the _twenty_ given the leading rank in 1899 by the BROCHURE
readers. Of these twenty, six in the "First" list and five in the
"Second" have been built since the 1885 vote. Of the remaining four in
the "First" list, three, as we have seen, figure in that of "1885"; the
fourth--the New York City Hall--was not in 1885 considered worthy of
a place among the ten--a significant suggestion as to changing tastes
since that date.

[Illustration: TRINITY CHURCH, TOWER      BOSTON]

The first and most obvious conclusion to be drawn from the above
statistics is that American architects, so far as they are represented
in the BROCHURE vote, have no hide-bound traditions or ingrained
prejudices as to style. There is in the list selected by them a
preponderance, it is true, of buildings in the various styles of the
Renaissance and Classic Revival--seven out of ten. But the third in
the list, with 96 per cent of unanimity in its favor, is a Romanesque
building, Trinity Church, Boston. Two others, standing sixth and
eighth, are Gothic,--Trinity and St. Patrick's Churches in New York.
The remaining seven, although they may all be included under a broad
extension of the term "Renaissance," exhibit wide divergencies of
style. The Capitol at Washington and the Columbia Library represent
two different phases of the Classic Revival, nearly a century apart
in date; the New York City Hall, a version of the style of Louis XVI.
The Boston Public Library was avowedly inspired from the "nèo-Grec"
Bibliothèque St. Genéviève of Labrouste, as far as its façades are
concerned, and yet differs from that building more than it resembles
it; and although, in the foregoing tables, both this and the Biltmore
mansion are classified as in the French Renaissance style, they are
really much farther apart than the classic Capitol and the Louis Seize
City Hall. The Congressional Library follows Italian rather than
French precedents, and the Madison Square Garden suggests both Italian
and Spanish prototypes. Evidently our architects are not bound by
allegiance to any one style or kind of beauty, but are ready to find
subjects for admiration in buildings of the most diverse character, and
to recognize beauty alike in pointed and round arches, in domes and in
spires, in acanthus leaves and crockets, in new buildings and in old.
This catholicity of taste is interesting, and on the whole hopeful, for
it suggests the ability and readiness to appreciate realities instead
of names, style rather than any particular historic dress, essentials
rather than externals;--an eclecticism which recognizes beauty,
quality, excellence, wherever they can be found, and adopts what is
best without regard to names or categories. And if we consider the
buildings themselves, instead of the motives of the voters, the same
statistics indicate, as we might expect, a like catholicity of taste
in the designs of recent American buildings, and--what is more to the
point--a conspicuous measure of success in fusing together and adapting
to modern American needs the multifarious suggestions of the "historic
styles," so that the results are neither copies nor patchwork, but
consistent, intelligent and harmonious units.

[Illustration: NEW PORCH, TRINITY CHURCH      BOSTON]

Taking next the second comparative table, we find that in the "First"
and "Second" lists taken together, 20 per cent of the names are
those of government or administrative buildings; 15 per cent are
churches, with the same number of libraries (three of each, all on the
"First" list). There are two each of museums, club houses and private
residences; and one each of office buildings, hotels, and amusement
houses. Here again we encounter the same breadth of judgment as in the
first comparison. The BROCHURE readers, and presumably our architects
generally, are willing to discover beauty alike in public, private,
religious, and commercial architecture.

[Illustration: PLATE V      COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY LIBRARY, NEW YORK CITY]

It is a significant fact that churches and libraries constitute 60 per
cent of the "First" list, and that there is but one residence, and not
a single commercial edifice among the ten buildings it enumerates.
Apparently it is religion and education which inspire and call forth
the highest results in architecture, rather than the private and
commercial luxury of which we hear so much in these days. If to these
sources of architectural inspiration we add that of civil government,
it appears that we owe 80 per cent of the "First" list to government,
religion and education--the three highest activities of the community.
This is not merely due to the fact that the architectural requirements
of churches and civic buildings are such as favor monumental results;
for both in size and cost, and hence in the opportunity for an ample
and sumptuous architectural treatment, these are often surpassed by
banking and office buildings, private palaces and rich men's clubs.
The presence of three truly magnificent public libraries of recent
erection in the "First" list seems to me particularly encouraging, as
a symptom of the extent to which the wealth of the country is being
devoted to the higher interests of the people, and at the same time
to the promotion of high art. That this is a correct symptom, is
confirmed by such buildings, erected or about to be erected, as the
Chicago Library, the magnificent New York Public Library, the new
libraries at Milwaukee, Providence, Newark, N.J., Jersey City, and
Washington; by the Art Museum at Chicago, the Corcoran Gallery at
Washington, the new wing to the Metropolitan Museum at New York, the
Phebe Hearst competition for the University of California, and other
like enterprises. The most important architectural enterprises in New
York today are the Cathedral of St. John the Divine and the vast palace
of the Brooklyn Institute, of which a new wing is about to be erected.
Evidently our art has not fallen wholly a prey to commercialism and
private luxury.

The geographical distribution of the buildings chosen is interesting.
In 1885 but three out of ten were in New York City, and Albany stood
ahead of Boston. In the "First" list New York has one-half of the ten,
and in the "First" and "Second" lists, jointly, nine out of twenty
buildings. Boston and Washington divide the second place, with two
each on the "First" list. In the two lists together there are nine
cities and towns represented, of which five are in the northeastern
states, with fourteen out of twenty buildings; one in the nearer
west (Chicago); and three in the south (if we include Washington
among southern cities). Of course the fact that New York, Boston and
Washington are old cities, as cities go among us, counts for much in
the way of maturity of civilization and accumulation of architectural
resources; and it is only natural that the wealthiest city in the New
World should possess the greatest number of important buildings. But
it is also very possible that the majority of the BROCHURE readers are
in the northern and eastern states, and therefore more familiar with
eastern and northern than with southern and western buildings. Allowing
for this, they may draw their own conclusions from this table.

[Illustration: CONGRESSIONAL LIBRARY, APPROACH      WASHINGTON]

If now, we turn to inquire what are the qualities which have won for
these buildings a place on this list, and to what tendencies, either
of progress or retrogression, do the votes point, two facts stand out
very clearly. The first is, that each of the ten buildings, whatever
its style or purpose, represents a conception clearly thought out,
simply and forcibly expressed, and treated with monumental dignity,
quite irrespectively of the amount or richness of its decoration.
The second is, that there has in recent years been a notable advance
in all that concerns the interior decoration of important buildings.
In 1877 Trinity Church in Boston stood alone as an example of really
high art in interior decoration. The three most recent buildings on
the list--all three by the way, public libraries--are conspicuous
instances of the sumptuous and dignified treatment of interior design,
with the help of all the resources of decorative art; and here again,
other buildings now being erected or about to be built confirm this
conclusion, that our architects and the public are beginning to
appreciate the importance both of the interior design of a building
and of the collaboration of all the arts,--as for instance, in the new
Appellate Court in New York.

[Illustration: PLATE VI      TRINITY CHURCH, NEW YORK CITY]

Comparing the list of 1899 with that of 1885, the progress of our
national architecture in fourteen years becomes very evident. The
United States Capitol and the Trinity Churches in New York and Boston
are the only buildings common to both lists. Six of the buildings on
the BROCHURE list were, in 1885, either incomplete or not yet begun:
these are the Boston, Congressional and Columbia Libraries, the Madison
Square Garden, St. Patrick's Cathedral and the Biltmore residence.
The Cathedral, however, wanted only its spires; but its appearance
on the BROCHURE list is undoubtedly due to the spires more than any
other element in its design. In 1885 Mr. H. H. Richardson was the one
bright and particular star on the architectural horizon in the United
States: one-half of the "1885" list of buildings were his work. Only
one of these remains on the new list,--Trinity Church in Boston,
doubtless on the whole his greatest work. The style which he made his
own, and which was then at the height of popular favor, borne on the
wave of admiration for the real strength and originality of his works,
has waned, as all fashions must wane which are not the result of a
spontaneous movement of taste, but ride into favor on the back of some
passing whim or on the merit of the achievements of some one person or
coterie. No architectural period can be truly great that depends upon
one man or set of men for its great works.

It is perhaps not amiss to say a few words regarding buildings of
secondary merit and of minor importance in cost and size. These may be
as significant criteria of architectural taste and progress as those
most conspicuous for grandeur and beauty. It is quite possible for
the architectural energy of one place or period to be concentrated on
a small number of great works, and for an equal amount of energy and
ability in another place or period to be expended on a larger number
of less important buildings. The average quality of our architecture,
and the quality of our ordinary every-day architecture, are perhaps
as important as that of the ten most beautiful buildings; and the
fact that the west and south have so small a representation in the
BROCHURE lists by no means argues a corresponding deficiency of good
architecture. Yet after all, when all is said, the great and noble
buildings, the highest and grandest triumphs of architecture are the
only ones which profoundly affect the imaginations and kindle the
artistic aspirations of men; and when a community becomes so pervaded
with the artistic spirit that works of art furnish the readiest, most
natural and complete expression of its ideals and enthusiasms, great
works will result whenever there are enthusiasms and ideals worthy of
monumental expression. From this point of view the Columbian and Omaha
Expositions, and the New York Naval Arch of Triumph--which, owing to
their transitory and temporary character, no doubt, have found no place
on the BROCHURE lists--seem to me in the highest degree significant and
encouraging. And the public libraries, St. John's Cathedral and the
Phebe Hearst competition are further evidence in the same direction.

[Illustration: MADISON SQUARE GARDEN      NEW YORK CITY]

A word might also be said for certain buildings which found no place on
either the "First" or "Second" list, but which competent critics might
assign to one or the other list in preference to some that appear on
them. There is for instance, Mr. Richardson's Woburn Library, which
some consider his most beautiful work next to Trinity Church; the new
State Capitols of Minnesota and Rhode Island (the latter not quite
finished); the Treasury Building and White House at Washington; the
Temple Emmanuel; the Metropolitan Life Building; Metropolitan Club and
Cornelius Vanderbilt's residence in New York; the University group at
Charlottesville, Va.; the Omaha Exposition and the Dewey Arch.

[Illustration: PLATE VII      MADISON SQUARE GARDEN, NEW YORK CITY]

But the task assigned me was the discussion of the BROCHURE lists,
not of other possible lists; and I close with the suggestion that a
vote every ten or every five years would afford a most valuable and
interesting gauge of the movements of taste and of the progress of
architecture in the United States.

[Illustration: MADISON SQUARE GARDEN      NEW YORK CITY]

The following list names, in order of preference, those ten buildings
which received the highest number of votes _after_ the first ten named
in the list given on page 3.

     I. CORCORAN ART GALLERY, WASHINGTON, D.C. Ernest Flagg, Architect.

    II. HOUSE OF W. K. VANDERBILT, NEW YORK CITY. Richard M. Hunt,
        Architect.

   III. FINE ARTS BUILDING, CHICAGO, ILL. Charles B. Atwood, Architect.

    IV. NEW YORK STATE CAPITOL, ALBANY, N.Y. H. H. Richardson and others,
        Architects.

     V. HOTEL PONCE DE LEON, ST. AUGUSTINE, FLA. Messrs. Carrère and
        Hastings, Architects.

    VI. COURT HOUSE AND JAIL, PITTSBURGH, PA. H. H. Richardson, Architect.

   VII. CENTURY CLUB, NEW YORK CITY. McKim, Mead & White, Architects.

  VIII. STATE CAPITOL, HARTFORD, CONN. H. H. Richardson, Architect.

    IX. AMERICAN SURETY BUILDING, NEW YORK CITY. Bruce Price, Architect.

     X. UNIVERSITY CLUB, NEW YORK CITY. McKim, Mead & White, Architects.

                   *       *       *       *       *

In 1885, fourteen years ago, the readers of _The American Architect_
(Boston) were invited to name, by a consensus of votes, their choice of
the then most beautiful buildings in America. The voting resulted in a
list of the following ten buildings:--

     I. TRINITY CHURCH, BOSTON. Gambrill & Richardson, Architects.

    II. UNITED STATES CAPITOL, WASHINGTON, D.C. Hallet, Thornton,
        Hadfield, Hoban, Latrobe, Bulfinch, Walter and Clark, Architects.

   III. HOUSE OF W. K. VANDERBILT, NEW YORK. R. M. Hunt, Architect.

    IV. TRINITY CHURCH, NEW YORK. Richard Upjohn, Architect.

     V. JEFFERSON MARKET COURT-HOUSE, NEW YORK. F. C. Withers, Architect.

    VI. STATE CAPITOL, HARTFORD, CONN. Richard Upjohn, Architect.

   VII. CITY HALL, ALBANY, N.Y. H. H. Richardson, Architect.

  VIII. SEVER HALL, CAMBRIDGE, MASS. H. H. Richardson, Architect.

    IX. STATE CAPITOL, ALBANY, N.Y. H. H. Richardson and others,
        Architects.

     X. TOWN HALL, NORTH EASTON, MASS. H. H. Richardson, Architect.

                   *       *       *       *       *

[Illustration: MADISON SQUARE GARDEN, DETAIL      NEW YORK CITY]


The CAPITOL AT WASHINGTON is 751 feet in length and 121 to 324 feet
wide, consisting of a main edifice of sandstone, painted white, and of
two wings of white marble, and covers an area of 3-1/2 acres. The site
was selected by a French engineer, Peter Charles L'Enfant in 1791, and
the design for the first building--a compromise between the plans of
Stephen Hallet and Dr. William Thornton,--was chosen by competition in
1792. In 1795 George Hadfield was placed in charge of the work, and
was succeeded in 1798 by James Hoban, neither of whom made important
changes in Thornton's designs. In 1814 the building consisted of
two small wings connected by a wooden bridge; and in that year the
structure was damaged by fire set by the British. Benjamin Henry
Latrobe, who was appointed in 1803, continued in charge until 1817,
when he resigned, turning over his post and plans to Charles Bulfinch
of Boston,--the first American-born architect of the Capitol. Bulfinch
completed the central structure, and crowned it with the original low
dome. In 1828 the old capitol was substantially completed, and the
office of architect abolished. In 1843, it being necessary to enlarge
the former structure, plans were advertised for, and in 1850 those of
T. U. Walter of Philadelphia were accepted. The additions made the old
dome look insignificant, and Walter designed the present one, which
was completed in 1863. The terraces and the approaches, begun in 1882,
are the work of Edward Clark.

[Illustration: PLATE VIII      ST. PATRICK'S CATHEDRAL, NEW YORK CITY]


The BOSTON PUBLIC LIBRARY, begun in 1888, was completed in 1895. The
building is 225 feet long, 227 feet deep, and 70 feet in height from
the sidewalk to the top of the cornice. The material of which the
exterior is constructed is grayish-white Milford granite. Although
the architects of this building were officially the firm of Messrs.
McKim, Mead & White of New York City, the senior member, Mr. McKim,
was the actual architect.

Charles Follen McKim was born in Pennsylvania in 1847. He studied at
the Harvard Scientific School, in a New York architect's office, and
in a Parisian _atelier_ connected with the Ecole des Beaux-Arts.

William Rutherford Mead was born in Brattleboro, Vt., in 1846, and
graduated from Amherst College in 1867. For some years he studied in
an architect's office in New York, and then went to Paris, studying
there and elsewhere in Europe.

Stanford White was born in New York City in 1853. He grew up in the
office of Gambrill & Richardson, and between 1878 and 1880 studied in
Europe. The present firm of McKim, Mead & White was formed in 1880.

[Illustration: ST. PATRICK'S CATHEDRAL      NEW YORK CITY]


TRINITY CHURCH, BOSTON, Henry Hobson Richardson, architect, was
completed in 1877. It is in the shape of a Latin Cross with a
semi-circular apse added to the eastern arm. A central tower, 211 feet
high, rises from piers at the crossing of the nave and transepts. The
chapel is connected with the main structure by an open cloister. The
extreme width of the church is 121 feet; the extreme length, 160. The
material employed in the body of the structure is Dedham granite,
with brown freestone trimmings, and it is roofed with red tiles.
The porch, shown in the small view on page 9, was contemplated in
Mr. Richardson's original design, and was added in 1897-8 from his
sketches, by his successors, Messrs. Shepley, Rutan & Coolidge of
Boston.

Henry Hobson Richardson was born in Louisiana in 1838. He was
educated at Harvard, and matriculated in 1859, and immediately
after his graduation went to Paris to study architecture. A year
later he was admitted to the Ecole des Beaux-Arts, studying in the
_atelier_ of André. During the war his father lost his property, and
Richardson was forced to support himself by working as a draughtsman
in the offices of French architects; and it was only in 1865 that
he returned, and chose New York as the place in which to try his
fortunes. His first commission, won in competition for the design
of a church in Springfield, Mass., came to him only after he had
been a year at home, but this brought other work; and by 1866 he was
fairly launched in professional life. In 1867 he entered partnership
with Charles Gambrill in New York. After the dissolution of this
partnership in 1878, he removed to Brookline, Mass., and there he
remained until his death in 1886.


THE CONGRESSIONAL LIBRARY, WASHINGTON. In 1873 Congress passed a bill
inviting plans in competition for the proposed building, and those
of Messrs. John L. Smithmeyer and Paul J. Peltz, both of Washington,
were selected. But between the years 1874, when they were officially
recognized as architects of the building, and 1886, when Congress
finally appropriated money to begin it, they had to endure great
political pressure, and their plans underwent many modifications
and improvements. Finally in 1886, after a bitter fight, they were
installed as architects of the new building. Before the structure had
risen above the foundations, however, a new act of Congress repealed
all that had previously been legislated about the building, and put
its construction under the sole control of the chief engineer of the
army, General Casey. Mr. Smithmeyer was discharged as architect, but
his partner, the artistic member of the firm, Mr. Peltz, was retained.
In the spring of 1892, when the structure had reached little more than
half its intended height, Mr. Peltz's connection with the work ceased;
and he was succeeded by Mr. Edward P. Casey of New York, who continued
as architect of the building until its completion in February, 1897.
The library is 470 feet long and 340 deep, and occupies, exclusive of
approaches, three and three-fourths acres.


COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY LIBRARY was completed in 1898. The architects are
Messrs. McKim, Mead & White, who have been referred to above.

[Illustration: ST. PATRICK'S CATHEDRAL, FACADE      NEW YORK CITY]


TRINITY CHURCH, NEW YORK CITY, was finished in 1848. Richard Upjohn,
its architect, born at Shaftsbury, Eng., in 1802, was given a
common-school education, and afterwards apprenticed to a builder, and
engaged in this occupation until 1829, when he emigrated to America,
settling in New Bedford, Mass. Here he pursued his trade until 1833,
when he went to Boston, and made some architectural drawings for a
city court-house. He thereafter continued the practice of architecture
with increasing reputation, until, in 1839, he was called upon to
rebuild Trinity Church, New York, which work gained him a national
reputation as a church architect.

[Illustration: PLATE IX      "BILTMORE HOUSE," BILTMORE, N.C.]


MADISON SQUARE GARDEN, NEW YORK CITY, McKim, Meade & White,
architects, is 465 feet long and 200 feet wide, and its walls are 65
feet high. The roof is nearly flat, but the sky-lines are broken by a
colonnade which rises above the roof at the Madison Square Avenue end,
and extends along either side for 100 feet, by six open cupolas with
semi-spherical domes, which rise above the colonnade, by two towers at
the Fifth Avenue corner, and by a great square tower which rises from
the Twenty-sixth Street side with its lines unbroken for 249 feet,
and then in a series of open cupolas. Along the Madison Avenue end,
and extending along either side for a distance of 150 feet is an open
arcade, which covers the sidewalk, and the roof of which rests upon
pillars of polished granite and piers of brick. The top of the arcade
is laid out as a promenade. On the top of the tower is poised a heroic
figure of Diana, 332 feet from the sidewalk, designed by St. Gaudens.
The materials of the building are buff brick and terra-cotta. It was
completed in 1890.

[Illustration: ST. PATRICK'S CATHEDRAL, INTERIOR      NEW YORK CITY]


ST. PATRICK'S CATHEDRAL, NEW YORK CITY, was opened in 1879, although
the spires were not finished until 1887. Built of white marble, its
main dimensions are: length 306 feet, breadth, including chapels 120
feet, length of transepts 140 feet, height of nave 108 feet. The
principal front on Fifth Avenue consists of a gable, 156 feet in
height, flanked by twin spires, 330 feet high. James Renwick, the
architect, was born in New York City in 1818. At the age of sixteen
he graduated from Columbia College, and, following an inherited
taste, entered the engineering department of the Croton Aqueduct.
His training in architecture was entirely self-acquired. He early
manifested a fondness for the Gothic style, and as there were then
no Gothic buildings of merit in America, his knowledge of it was
derived entirely from books. With such scanty preparation he designed
Grace Church in New York. Later, Mr. Renwick travelled in Europe, and
became still more impressed with the beauty of Gothic architecture.
In 1858 the corner-stone of St. Patrick's Cathedral was laid, and it
was mainly through this church that his reputation as an architect
was established. It was his life work; he regarded it as his favorite
child, and never ceased to grieve that his original plan, which
contemplated a central lantern and a chevet, and which would have
covered the entire block between Fifth and Madison Avenues, had been
cut down for reasons of economy. Mr. Renwick died in 1895.


"BILTMORE HOUSE," at BILTMORE, N.C., the residence of Mr. George
Vanderbilt, was completed in 1897. Its main general dimensions are,
152 by 373 feet. Indiana limestone was used in its construction.

Richard M. Hunt, its architect, was born in Brattleboro, Vt., in 1827.
He graduated from the Boston High School in 1843, and in the same
year, having already chosen his profession, he went to Europe. In 1845
he entered the _atelier_ of Hector Lefuel in Paris, and for nine years
pursued his studies at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts. In 1854 his _patron_
having been put in charge of the new work on the Louvre, Hunt was
appointed inspector, and under Lefuel designed the Pavillion de la
Bibliothèque. In 1855 he returned to New York, and began his American
career, toward 1870 taking up the class of work by which he is best
known. He died at Newport in 1895.

[Illustration: CITY HALL      NEW YORK CITY]


The third and present CITY HALL OF NEW YORK CITY was projected
in 1802, when a premium was publicly offered for the best
design. The award was given to Messrs. Mangin (a Frenchman) and
Macomb,--architects concerning whom very little authentic information
is obtainable. It was finished in 1812. The corner-stone of the
building was laid by Mayor Edward Livingstone.

The building consists of a central structure of two stories and an
attic, surmounted by a cupola, and two wings of two stories each. The
architects' original design provided a pediment for the base of the
cupola, showing the city arms and bas-reliefs. The City Hall, when
cross-sectioned, north and south, resembles the Register office in
Edinburgh, designed by the Brothers Adam. The front and sides are of
white marble, with brown freestone basement. Freestone was used for
the rear because the building then stood so far out of town that it
was thought not worth while to build it of marble. A broad flight
of steps leads from the south to an Ionic colonnade. The cupola is
surmounted by a statue of Justice.

[Illustration: PLATE X      CITY HALL, NEW YORK CITY]



                          Transcriber's Note:

Italics are indicated by _underscores_.

Small capitals have been rendered in full capitals.

A number of minor spelling errors have been corrected without note.





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