Beaux Arts Classicism

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Grandiose is the term best used to describe Beaux Arts Classicism, which derives its name from the Ecole des Beax Arts in Paris. Many American architects studied at this school in the early 1900s, and brought their new-found knowledge home to America. Features of this elaborate style include round-headed arches, ornate cornice, decorative trim, projecting faηades, and colossal columns or pilasters. Several buildings in York contain Beaux Arts inspired features, including the York Gas Company Building and York Trust Building.

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