|About French City Architecture
French City Architecture is carefully composed with classically-inspired lines and including stylized details and motifs. Distinguished examples include many of the Chateaux of the Loire Valley, Royal Palaces such as the Louvre and Versailles, and the apartments and hotels built on the Avenues of Paris created by Baron Haussmann. It frequently includes the use of the French Door, a door with multiple glass panes, usually in pairs and casement windows. The cremone bolt and espagnolette are common pieces of hardware that are found in sophisticated French menuiserie (window and door design) and architecture.
French City Style Mouldings
French City style mouldings are characterized by broad surfaces,multiple voluptuous curves of varying scale, bead and quirk moldings, delicate floral decoration in carved wooden boisserie (paneling) and deep undercut profiles. Often, in very elaborate examples. parts of the moldings will be picked out and gilded.
|Elevation drawing and design courtesy of The D.H. Ellison Co.|
|Scott-Wanamaker House, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania|
|St. Louis City Hall, Tucker Boulevard at Market Street, Saint Louis, Independent City, MO|
|Henry M. Flagler Mansion, Whitehall Way, Palm Beach, Palm Beach County, FL|
|Carolands, 565 Remillard Drive, Hillsborough, San Mateo County, CA|