Around 1800, Greek architecture as seen through the medium of etchings and engravings gave new impetus to Neoclassicism, now called the Greek revival. Although at first look this reintroduction of classic forms seems reactionary, it was really a response to the excess of Rococo and should be seen as a precedent to the modern era. It was a search for the ideal of Greek purity among the cacophony of nineteen-century design.
In American architecture, Neoclassicism was one expression of the American Renaissance movement, ca 1880-1917. One of the pioneers of this style was Benjamin Henry Latrobe, who is often noted as America’s first professional architect and the father of American architecture. The Baltimore Basilica, the first Roman Catholic cathedral in America, is considered by many experts to be Latrobe’s masterpiece.
The last manifestation of this American classic style was in Beaux-Arts architecture and its large public projects were the familiar Lincoln Memorial, the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., and the American Museum of Natural History’s Roosevelt Memorial.
The Greeks did not have ceiling fans but turn-of-the-century Neo-classic and the earlier antebellum architecture should have. Period Arts Fan Company offers the Flute fan as the perfect solution for your Renaissance interior.
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