Art Studies 101: Neo-Classical Architecture in Manila

On the Lookout

Been around Manila to take shots of Neo-Classical buildings for our History of Art homework. I wasn’t able to take that much pictures because I was literally scared that someone will snatch my Lumix out of nowhere.

Bit of a tidbit:  The Classic style generally refers to Greek and Roman architecture, and the Neo-Classical style aims to revive this kind of architecture as a reaction to the lavish and extravagant Baroque and Rococo styles of the 15th and 16th century. If you have no idea what Baroque looks like, just google pictures of Old Manila churches.

There are a lot of Neo-Classical Buildings in Manila, particularly the government buildings around Luneta and Sta. Cruz. A lot of these buildings were built around the time when Americans occupied Manila, and probably the style rubbed off.  The Pinoy architects who designed these buildings did went to the US to study.

Manila Post Office

The Manila Post Office looked Greek enough. It was geeky how I can identify the style of the columns (Ionic : the scroll-like designs on-top of the columns gives it away).  Dabbling around the net shows that the building was destroyed during WWII and the reconstruction did not follow Juan De Guzman – Arellano’s original Design. Probably the original design was supposed to be white?

Department of Tourism Building

Next stop was the Greek-looking buildings around the Luneta area. There were security guards in front of the Department of Tourism Building but I think they didn’t mind. The Columns? Corinthian.

Other Neo-Classical style buildings include the Department of Justice in Ermita (which I didn’t take a picture of because of the security Guards) and the National Museum. More pictures in my Around Manila Flickr Set. Enjoy and be Art Geeky!


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