The Best Building At Columbia

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I.N. Phelps Stokes, St. Paul’s Chapel, Columbia University, 1903-07.

THIS IS a difficult building to photograph, and a Northern Italian Renaissanc church with a loosely Byzantine interior wouldn’t normally be my favorite. But it is so well done. The perfect proportions, the details in the entrance in antis, the powerful interior space in the Latin Cross under the dome, the Guastavino vaults and light iron details…all work together so well, convincing anyone with eyes that this is a great building. If you find yourself in the neighborhood, take a look.

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St. Paul’s Chapel (Columbia University), Wikipedia

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