Tuesday, December 6, 2011

John Russell Pope

What if the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. looked like this: ?

It almost did.

American architect John Russell Pope proposed this ziggurat inspired design in 1912.

Pope also designed The Jefferson Memorial, The West Building of the National Gallery of Art and The National Archives building. These were all built.

The Jefferson Memorial, the West Building and The National Archives building are all in the neoclassical style which was HOT, HOT, HOT in the early twentieth century. It was popular not only because our founding fathers wanted to create a visual vocabulary in the new independent country that referenced Greek democracy but also because Herculaneum and Pompeii had been uncovered in the late eighteenth century and it was still a hot topic in design.



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