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Columbia University Digital Knowledge Ventures The Architecture and Development of New York City with Andrew S. Dolkart
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During the Great Depression in the 1930s most construction stopped, especially construction that was paid for privately. But the government continued to build, often as works projects. And although there was not a lot of money to expend on what would have been considered extraneous ornament, a lot of these Beaux-Arts–institutional ideas continue in a more refined manner on buildings of the 1930s.

This is evident when New York City built a courthouse and civic structure in the Bronx, a monumental classical building without the freestanding classical columns, and filled with huge sculptural groups that say something about law and justice. And also when the federal government was building post offices all over the country, but in New York designing very simplified classicized designs, as on the Twenty-third Street post office—a very refined modern-classical building, which takes some of the ideas we've been talking about in through the 1930s.

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