Calling all architects!
August 18, 2011 1:19 PM Subscribe
In what architectural style was the Grand Palais in Paris designed/built?
posted by Felicity Rilke to Grab Bag (4 answers total)
I know there isn't a straightforward answer to this question, but I'm hoping someone with more of an architecture background can help me make sense of this building. I have seen the Grand Palais described as "a juxtaposition of Classical and Art Nouveau" architecture, but I have also seen it described as Beaux Arts architecture. I know there were four different architects assigned to design different parts of the building (and at least Henri Deglane was trained at the Ecole des beaux-arts), so it's a bit of a chimera for that reason alone. What aspects of the building are Classical? What aspects are Art Nouveau and what are Beaux Arts? If, hypothetically, I were referring to the Grand Palais in print and I wanted to name the style(s) in which it was designed and built, what would I say?
Bonus question: If an author says the Grand Palais is "the largest building of its kind in the world." exactly what kind of building is the Grand Palais?