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Cass Gilbert

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US Supreme Court Building, Washington DC, East Pediment, 1928 - 1935
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US Supreme Court Building, Washington DC, East Pediment, 1928 - 1935
Cass Gilbert (November 29, 1859 - May 17, 1934) attended MIT and worked for a time with the firm of McKim, Mead, and White. His public buildings in the Beaux Arts style reflect the optimistic American sense that the nation was the heir of Greek democracy, Roman law and Renaissance humanism. Gilbert is rated as a skyscraper pioneer, but the cladding of his buildings looked back to Neoclassicism rather than embracing modernity. His high reputation plunged among professionals during the age of Modernism, but ordinary people have always been uplifted by the reassuring sense of continuity that his rich and sober but slightly bland designs offer.

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Gilbert's drawings and correspondence are preserved at the New-York Historical Society.

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