The dramatic arcade at the United States Post Office Dept building by Delano & Aldrich (1928-35). Serving on the National Commission of Fine Arts, the Board of Architectural Consultants, and the National Capital Park and Planning Commission, Delano had an important role in the planning and design of the Federal Triangle, the largest unified collection of Beaux-Arts buildings in the world. In the design of the building, allied arts were strongly represented — the commission urged collaboration among the arts. Public spaces were richly decorated with work by such artists as Reginald Marsh, Chaim Gross, and Louis Slobodkin. Despite the building’s traditional guise, its facades were characteristically restrained and its interiors were more Art Deco than Beaux-Arts. | photo: Theodor Horydczak, Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress #delanoandaldrich #washingtondc #postoffice #beauxarts #arcade #vaults
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