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The main stair in Frank Furness' Pennsylvania Academy of fine Arts in Philadelphia, is too big in relation to its immediate surroundings. It lands on a space narrower than its width, and faces an opening narrower than its width. Furthermore, the opening is bisected by a post. But the stair is ceremonial and symbolic as well as functional, and it relates to the hall immediately beyond the opening, to the whole building, and to the great scale of Broad Street outside.
Robert Venturi, Complexity and Contradiction in Architecture (1966), p. 32.

Richard Anderson




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