Jul 18, 2007

Terminal Tower, Ohio

Terminal Tower, Ohio


Margaret Bourke-White

(American, 1904–1971)

Vintage gelatin silver print

Image: 17.8 x 7.3 cm (7 x 2 7/8 in.); Mounted: 25.2 x 19.4 cm (9 15/16 x 7 5/8 in.); Matted: 45.7 x 35.6 cm (18 x 14 in.)

Gift of Mrs. Edd A. Ruggles 1972.1087


Reminiscent of the ancient Lighthouse of Alexandria, Terminal Tower is an example of how Egyptomania impacted architecture in Cleveland, Ohio. Like the ancient lighthouse, Terminal Tower is a symbolic and functional building, dedicated to trade and commerce. Inspired by Roman mausoleums, the Van Sweringen brothers designed Terminal Tower in the Beaux-Art style, balancing Classical sculpture and architectural elements with modern materials. After assuming power over Egypt, the Greek general Ptolemy began constructing the Alexandrian lighthouse in 280 BCE. He used traditional Greek architectural techniques, which the Romans later borrowed, and which were subsequently interpreted by Beaux-Art architects in the 1800s.

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