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Donald Cooper Sarah Art and Politics April 20, 2010 Title Throughout time buildings have symbolized many different ideas and concepts. The Egyptian pyramids were built as luxurious tombs for pharaohs while The Statue of Liberty was built to represent the friendship between France and the United States. Different buildings hold different meanings, which is shown in both The Prudential Building and Esther Baker Steele Hall. Both architects, E.H. Gaggin and Louis Sullivan, enveloped democratic principles in their buildings. The Esther Baker Steele Hall was first built to house the Physics department, but now houses many of Syracuse University’s administrative units. The Prudential Building was first created to be an office building symbolizing the power and influence of the great businessman Mr. Taylor. However, after he passed away, it was created to represent the achievements and principles of Louis Sullivan. Even though the original intent of the two buildings changed, both buildings represent beauty and strength empowering their surrounding environment. Steele Hall and The Prudential Building have a lot of difference, however the similarities and overall theme of these two beautiful building are what tie them together perfectly and make them perfect for discussion. Here is a little background information on Esther Baker Steele Hall. Esther Baker Steele Hall is one of the main administrative buildings at Syracuse University. Architect E.H. Gaggin originally built Steele Hall to hold the Physics department. Dickinson and Van Wagner were some of the original builders who helped construct this amazing building. Steele Hall was built in Syracuse, New York in 1898. The style of Steele Hall
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is modified renaissance of a severe nature. The material used to create this beautiful building is rock faced Onondaga limestone. The shape of Steele Hall is a rectangular prism with a pentagon like top. The color of the roof of the building stands out more than the base because it is a bright, vibrant red. Since it was supposed to be a building where classes are held the base color should be a more relaxed, mellow color, which is why the gray is perfect for this building. Steele Hall’s texture is very rugged because of the brick layering. The lines and composition of the building is very symmetric. The building is divided into three parts when you look at it from the front, with an equal number of windows on all sides. Esther Baker Steele Hall has the aura of a building where students would take classes in. The size of Steele Hall is three stories high, which is not too overwhelming for a student. There’s also a lot of space between Steele Hall and the other buildings surrounding it. Hendricks Chapel, College of Law, the Carrier Dome, and Maxwell Hall all surround Esther Baker Steele Hall. Esther Baker Steele Hall was first built to hold the Physics department, but
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