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The Beaux-Arts movement originated in Paris and spread across the globe at the end of the 19th century. This category is for waymarking Beaux-Arts buildings, both the grand and not-so-grand.
Expanded Description:
Beaux-Arts architecture flowed from the architecture division of the Ecole des Beaux-Arts (School of Fine Arts) in Paris. The style took Roman and Greek forms, mixing them eclectically with Italian Renaissance elements. Some of the grandest buildings in the Americas and Europe were built in the Beaux-Arts style at the turn of the century.

In North America, the style was popular from about 1885 to 1920; in Europe a bit earlier, from 1860 to 1914. You can usually recognize a Beaux-Arts building from its classical form and profusion of sculpted detail. Columns, pilasters, railings, balconies, flat or mansard roofs, and sculpted garlands, shields and columns - combined with its time of construction - typically identify a Beaux-Arts building.

Beaux-Arts and Neo-Classical styles are extremely similar and difficult to differentiate – they both originated with the Ecole des Beaux-Arts and were popular at the same time. Some sources consider Neo-Classical as a division of Beaux-Arts; others claim that Beaux-Arts is a form of Neo-Classical. For the purposes of this category, they are grouped together.

What isn’t Beaux-Arts is pretty easy to tell – Victorians, Romanesque, Tudor, Craftsman, and Spanish and Mission Revival. Early American Greek Revivals fall outside of the time frame, typically built before the Civil War.


This building (1912) has columns at the entrance, a flat roof and decorative railings around both the roof and the front balcony.
This building (1913) has columns and a profusion of sculpture and carvings above the entrance.
This building (1911) has columns and a flat roof surrounded by a decorative railing.
This building (1913) has a flat roof, but lacks columns. The profusion of colorful, classical wreath ornamentation definitely makes the building Beaux-Arts.
This house (1900) might be a Neo-Classical, but it has the columns with decorative garlands above. So we're just going to call it Beaux-Arts.

Instructions for Posting a Beaux-Arts Waymark:
To post a waymark in this category, obtain the coordinates and post at least two pictures of the structure. The long description should match the importance of the building. For example, the Palace de Versailles should have at least a few paragraphs, but for a garden-variety 1900 Post Office you might just want to post a photograph in the long description.
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