|New York's Woolworth Building soars upward in all its 792 feet of Neo-Gothic splendor, while in the background the World Trade Center Freedom Tower (now completed) |
rises to a new record height (for New York, that is) of 1776 feet.
|Cass Gilbert, 1907, Kenyon Cox|
|The Cass Gilbert residence, 1890, St. Paul, Minnesota|
|Little Falls Depot, 1899, Cass Gilbert.|
|The Minnesota State Capitol, St. Paul, 1898, Cass Gilbert.|
(He designed mostly just the dome.)
|The Arkansas State Capitol, Little Rock, 1899, Cass Gilbert|
|West Virginia State Capitol, Charleston, 1925, Cass Gilbert|
|The Alexander Hamilton Customs Building, 1902-07, Cass Gilbert.|
Building, 1901, Cass Gilbert
|Union Central Life Building,|
1911-13, Cincinnati, Cass Gilbert
|The Woolworth Building Lobby, 1913,|
Cass Gilbert--antique styles trying to
meet 20th century architectural needs.
Fortunately, in terms of his architectural reputation and legacy, Cass Gilbert got out of the skyscraper business (or was simply bypassed). The latter years of his life involved designing art museums, libraries, and a Capitol building beside a remote river in West Virginia. His final, and by far his most successful architectural achievement, eloquently capping off his long career, was not completed until after his death in 1932. The U.S. Supreme Court Building is Corinthian Classical without being fussy about it. It's stately without being stodgy. It's elegant without being pretentious. Having recently undergone renovation and repair, Cass Gilbert's crowning achievement remains so nobly modern as to cause us to forgive and forget all his other struggling attempts to decorate the 20th century with motifs from the 19th.
|The United States Supreme Court Building, 1935, Washington, D.C., Cass Gilbert.|