Thursday, January 27, 2011

The UN's great corridor in the style of the Neoclassic Art Deco mouvement was built in the 1930's.



League of National Security



Bronze doors given by France once opened the way to the Assembly Hall in the original wing; after the building was renovated, the doors were made decorative only.





There are those who lament the fascist style of the United Nations building, suggesting it counters the purpose and philosophy of the organisation itself. A good point, but I must confess the style reminds me of downtown Chicago and I felt quite at home!



Swedish marble and Finnish granite add soft, earthy color to a stately design.



Simply inspiring.

11 comments:

Eyeliquor said...

Nice one Allison!
I love the image of the great corridor, the daylight creating the shadows!
Well done!
Have a good day :)

Ola said...

pretty clean style!

Judy said...

Love the tour. The building is very crisp and clean looking :)

Nancy said...

How strange. Architecture doesn't know anything about fascism or inequality or tyranny.

It's a beautiful piece of history. Art deco was such a dynamic period for architecture.

Out on the prairie said...

The stone around the doors from France were a favorite.A rather majestic beauty , they really made it elite.

texwisgirl said...

Really beautiful. A place most people will never see. Thank you for allowing us to tour, and being such a wonderful tour guide! :)

Meg said...

I love classic architecture - back when people actually cared about what they were building. Thanks for sharing!

Roundabout said...

Great tour! I loved the reading the history behind it. I'm always intrigued by architecture. Its one of the reason I love Chicago too. I lived here my whole life & I still take pictures of the buildings etc.

Southern Lady said...

I love all of the pictures, but that last one is really cool. For some reason I have always loved pictures of windows! Thanks for sharing your tour. Carla

Country Mouse Studio said...

beautiful place, thanks for taking us along

Randy said...

Thanks for the great tour! So many great things to see.