Federal Reserve Bank

Paul Philippe Cret

A monumental variation on a classical temple

Instead of a temple porch with columns, here the columns are replaced by Doric pilasters and the arcade with recessed windows with elaborate grillwork. The "attic" is comprised of three stories of offices.

The frieze with a vague sense of metopes and triglyphs


Bas reliefs flanking the entrance, sculpted by Alfred Boitteau

The relief to the left depicts Athena, the goddess of wisdom, with one of her symbols, the owl, signifying watchfulness and wisdom; the seated figure holds a statue of the warrior Athena with helmet and shield. To the right in this relief, her special gift, the olive tree is illustrating--giving shade, oil, and olives. The figure in the right hand relief suggests the virtues of the country's economy--trade, business, and agriculture.

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