Father Pitt

Why should the beautiful die?

Niches on the College of Fine Arts Building, Carnegie Mellon University

Henry Hornbostel designed the front of the Fine Arts Building with niches that display all styles of architectural decoration, and more practically give students a place to sit between classes. The niches have continued to accumulate sculpture in styles from all over the world. The whimsical figures in the Gothic niche may have been done by Achille Giammartini.

Figure in first niche
Figure in first niche
Foliage with critters in first niche
Lion eating an unfortunate Gothic figure
Figure in first niche
Figure in first niche
Second niche

In the classical niche, the three orders of Greek architecture: Corinthian, Doric, Ionic, demonstrated with correct proportions.

Third niche
Fourth niche
Sculpture in Indian style, with Egyptian column

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