Monday, May 17, 2010

The Ben Franklin Institute

At the center of the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia (vintage 1938) is this enormous room modeled on the Pantheon in Rome, as best evidenced by the fragment of the roof visible in the photo. Unlike the Pantheon, however, the central oculus is covered in glass rather than left open to the elements...I guess architect John T. Windrim didn't like the open-air aspect of the Pantheon's design.

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