Beaux Arts leaned away from its predecessor, eclectic Victorian which focused on asymmetry with symmetrical buildings featuring sculptural roof lines and more decorative refined elements on the middle floors.
Coinciding with the City Beautiful movement, Beaux Arts is seen in most cities as schools, train stations, and state capitol buildings around America lasting from 1880-1930. During the Great Depression, the style saw a downturn due to its expensive construction, size, and ornate exteriors. Its most recognizable materials include light colored stones such as marble, sandstone, and rusticated stone. Its key architectural features are low-pitched or flat roofs with pediment windows with balustrade sills, garlands and cornices at the top of these bold symmetrical buildings.
– symmetrical façade
– flat or low pitched roof
– sculptural elements
– columns and balustrades