nancylebov (nancylebov) wrote,

Inch-thick marble panelling in the stairwell

Discussion of high-quality construction and finishing in old buildings

Just a pleasant amassing of detail-- those panels probably were an inch thick because that was the thinnest marble they could cut and transport.

I do look at the nice old buildings in Philadelphia and wonder why people a century ago seemed to be able to afford so much more ornament than we can. I realize cheap labor is part of it, but I think it's also because they thought it was important.

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