Saturday, September 4, 2010

Look at this ceiling

As promised, Monday I will post on the Pan American Building by Paul Cret. As a teaser, check out the entry way ceiling - this is all plaster, detailed to look like stone, which somehow makes it so much more interesting to me. Also included is a grand ballroom, the climax of the Beaux-arts diagram, but more on that later -for now, enjoy your weekend!

8 comments:

Reggie Darling said...

Architect, you keep your readers, including Reggie, mightily entertained with your marvelous blog. Today's photogs are divine. I know this building well, having spent time in it in my youth. It is one of the gems of Washington, largely unheralded. I look forward to the next installment. Reggie

pve design said...

I love how you are always looking up! (and sharing)
pve

Edith Hope said...

Dear AD, These are indeed superb ceilings. Living for most of my time in Budapest I am fortunate to see such lovely ceilings on a daily basis. The difference, sadly, is that in Hungary there is not the money either to keep them in pristine condition or to restore them. But for me, part of the charm is the peeling plaster!

Kwana said...

Beautiful. I like you always look up. That's where the true beauty is.

La Petite Gallery said...

That is a wonderful ceiling, real craftsmanship. A true gem. Speaking of Gems stop over and see my post.. yvonne

littlebadwolf said...

always loved the conservatory at the heart of the building. hope you will do a post on that part of the pan american sometime soon. thanks.

little augury said...

Stefan, love ceiling work-far too little of it-not even an interesting color these days- why have people forgotten to look up (into something other than a vast white void) pgt

Woody said...

That ballroom ceiling is heaven, but I agree with the commenter above, it could use a little color. That plaster ceiling, though, is breathtaking considering the material.