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Old October 10th, 2012, 12:21 PM   #241
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Cape Town - Customs House, Buitenkant Street
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Cape Town - Tokai Manor House
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Cape Town - Koopmans-De Wet House, Strand street
All these buildings are Dutch colonial architecture, with French influences. The Koopmans De Wet and Tokai Manor house have decorations by a French architect, but the building itself is Dutch (windows, plan, doors, lanterns etc.).
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Old October 14th, 2012, 01:48 PM   #242
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The palace of Izrael Poznański in Łódź (Poland):



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Old October 14th, 2012, 02:20 PM   #243
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Is it possible that the french-style buildings abroad, are more elaborate than the french examples?

Here are some instances:

Palacio del Aguas in Buenos Aires:



Philadelphia City Hall:



The Ansonia in New York:

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Old October 15th, 2012, 05:23 PM   #244
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All these buildings are Dutch colonial architecture, with French influences. The Koopmans De Wet and Tokai Manor house have decorations by a French architect, but the building itself is Dutch (windows, plan, doors, lanterns etc.).
Yep indeed . Hence their presence in a thread titled "French influenced architecture", not "French architecture"

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Is it possible that the french-style buildings abroad, are more elaborate than the french examples?
More elaborate ? What do you mean ?
As regards Philadeplphia's city hall, well...
The construction of the massive Philadelphia City Hall began in 1871, with plans to make it the tallest building in the world. By the time it was finished in 1901, the 548-foot (167-meter) tall building had been surpassed in height by both the Eiffel Tower and the Washington Monument.
But it was (and is still) the most expensive municipal building ever built, taking thirty years to complete due to many delays and is still the US largest municipal building (larger than the Capitol). A National Historic landmark, Philadelphia's City Hall is considered the best - and the most mammoth - example of French Second Empire architecture in America. Everything at City Hall was designed to be built on a massive scale. The clocks are larger than those on the clock tower of the House of Parliament in London, known as "Big Ben."
On the top of this giant building is a 27-ton statue of William Penn, the founder of the city. The 37-foot statue by Alexander Milne Calder is the tallest on any building in the world.
For ninety years there was an unwritten height restriction for building in the city of Philadelphia that no structure could be erected higher than "Billy Penn's hat." That prohibition was broken in 1986-87 with the construction of Liberty Place, which soared some 400 feet over William Penn.
In a nutshell, this building is meant to be unique ! Difficult to compare something unique with anything else isn't it ?
Anyway the Philadelphia city hall was built following the example of the Paris city hall, built in the 16th and 17th centuries, that is still the largest city hall in Europe by the way. Do you mean you find it less sophisticated ?
Paris' city hall:
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Old October 15th, 2012, 05:42 PM   #245
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The Philadelphia city hall was built following the example of the Paris city hall, built in the 16th and 17th centuries
The original one indeed, but not the one in your picture which is a copy, since the City Hall was fully rebuilt after the Communards set fire to the original Renaissance building during the Franco-Prussian War in 1871:

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Old October 15th, 2012, 06:32 PM   #246
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The original one indeed, but not the one in your picture which is a copy, since the City Hall was fully rebuilt after the Communards set fire to the original Renaissance building during the Franco-Prussian War in 1871
Nice. Thanks for the photos ! However many buildings have been rebuilt after fires, wars, earthquakes and so on, including the Pantheon in Rome or the US Capitol in Washington for example . I mean it's not unusual over the life of a building. Not talking about maintenance and restoration needs. See for instance the restoration of the Philadephia city hall. I don't think it makes it go down in value
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Old October 15th, 2012, 10:43 PM   #247
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Do you mean you find it less sophisticated ?
I don't find the French buildings less sophisticated, but their "spin-offs" are able to achieve or sometimes exceed their grandeur.

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More elaborate ? What do you mean ?
Except from the Parisian magnificent buildings like the Palais Garnier or the Hôtel de Ville, it seems to me that there are pretty few buildings in France, that can compete with them in terms of size and magnificence.

In contrast to many great french-styled "spin-offs" all over the world.
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Old October 15th, 2012, 11:57 PM   #248
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Basilique Saint Augustin d'Hippone à Annaba (Algérie) construite en 1881, en cours de restauration (financée par l'Algérie, la France et un don personnel du pape Benoit XVI)



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Old October 16th, 2012, 05:07 AM   #249
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A local French Renaissance styled building, Main street station

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Old October 16th, 2012, 12:21 PM   #250
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I don't find the French buildings less sophisticated, but their "spin-offs" are able to achieve or sometimes exceed their grandeur.
Sometimes maybe yes

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Except from the Parisian magnificent buildings like the Palais Garnier or the Hôtel de Ville, it seems to me that there are pretty few buildings in France, that can compete with them in terms of size and magnificence.

In contrast to many great french-styled "spin-offs" all over the world.
Seriously ? It's neither the right thread to discuss it nor a competition anyhow but I'm afraid you may not know Paris and France as well as you may think. No offense intended. Thanks for answering
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Except from the Parisian magnificent buildings like the Palais Garnier or the Hôtel de Ville, it seems to me that there are pretty few buildings in France, that can compete with them in terms of size and magnificence.

In contrast to many great french-styled "spin-offs" all over the world.
Ever Heard of a Cathedral or a Chateau?







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Old October 17th, 2012, 04:52 PM   #252
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Ever Heard of a Cathedral or a Chateau?
You've misinterpreted me. I did not refer to French architecture in generel, but to so called "Beaux-Arts architecture", which is the predominant French style in this thread.

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Old October 17th, 2012, 09:28 PM   #253
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You've misinterpreted me. I did not refer to French architecture in generel, but to so called "Beaux-Arts architecture", which is the predominant French style in this thread.
Then I guess the thread should be called French Beaux arts then.
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Old October 20th, 2012, 03:42 PM   #254
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"Neues Schloss" (New Palace) in Neudeck/Świerklaniec, Upper Silesia:





It was destroyed in 1945.

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Old October 23rd, 2012, 08:48 AM   #255
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Old October 29th, 2012, 11:11 PM   #256
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"Schweriner Schloss" (Schwerin Castle) in Schwerin, Germany.





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"Biltmore Estate" in Asheville, NC, USA:





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Old November 16th, 2012, 05:30 PM   #258
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Old November 16th, 2012, 08:18 PM   #259
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Herrenchiemsee casttle, Germany

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A copy of Versailles !
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A copy of Versailles !
"Herrenchiemsee Palace" ("Neues Schloss Herrenchiemsee") was built by King Ludwig II of Bavaria, who also built "Neuschwanstein Castle", because of his admiration for Louis XIV and the absolutism.

It was planned as an almost exact copy of Versailles but never finished.





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