week 2

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This week I read through some of my books from the library, and did research on Urban’s shift to beaux-arts. After this week I am more aware of the work and time that needs to be put into my project. For next week I will have completed the drawings and analysis for another Urban building.

This week I focused on The Griest Building. Built in 1924, the Griest Building or Lancaster Federal Building is Lancaster’s only skyscraper. In terms of the beaux-arts features, this building can be divided into three different parts: bottom, middle, and top. Each part has it’s own utilities and venustas.

Top:

The top of the building served as a theatre room and auditorium. There are classical Greek Corinthian columns lined neatly along the top of the building. The windows are topped with an arch. There is a geometric pattern on top of the Corinthian columns, another beaux-arts feature. There are also clay birds on the corners of the roof. It is common to have clay sculptures of people and animals on beaux-arts buildings. The roof is painted with green and gold fresco, adding the final touch of venustas to this building.

drawing of the top part of the Griest building (not to scale)

Middle:

The middle part of the building serves as office spacing and has a venustas to match. There are neat and orderly windows along the façade, with nothing else of much beaux-arts interest.

Bottom:

The bottom of the building serves as the main lobby, and a commercial front. There are many beaux- arts features on this building. Firstly, there are classical Greek Corinthian columns lined neatly along the façade. In between these columns are arched glass store fronts, another example of beaux-arts decorations. The bottom level is also constructed using a different material than the middle or top, this being limestone. This adds much beauty to this buildings ground level. The difference in materials is another example of the reoccurring beaux-arts style.

drawing of the bottom part of the Griest building (not to scale)

Elevation drawing for The Griest Building (not to scale):

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