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Moorish Revival or Neo-Moorish is one of the exotic revival architectural styles that were adopted by architects of Europe and the Americas in the wake of the Romanticist fascination with all things oriental. It reached the height of its popularity after the mid-nineteenth century, part of a widening vocabulary of articulated decorative ornament drawn from historical sources beyond familiar classical and Gothic modes. Little distinction was made in European and American practice between motifs drawn from Ottoman Turkey or from Andalusia.

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Moorish Revival in Europe

Gran teatro falla, Cadiz, Spain

In Spain, the country conceived as the place of origin of Moorish ornamentation, the interest in this sort of architecture fluctuated from province to province. The mainstream was called Neo-Mudéjar. In Catalonia, Antoni Gaudí's profound interest in Mudéjar heritage governed the design of his early works, such as Casa Vicens or Astorga Palace. In Andalusia, the Neo-Mudéjar style gained belated popularity in connection with the Ibero-American Exposition of 1929 and was epitomized by Plaza de España (Seville) and Gran Teatro Falla in Cádiz. In Madrid, the Neo-Mudéjar was a characteristic style of housing and public buildings at the turn of the century, while the 1920s return of interest to the style resulted in such buildings as Las Ventas bull ring and Diario ABC office.


Although Carlo Bugatti employed Moorish arcading among the exotic features of his furniture, shown at the 1902 exhibition at Turin, by that time the Moorish Revival was very much on the wane everywhere but Imperial Russia, where the shell-encrusted Morozov House in Moscow (a stylisation of a Portuguese palace in Sintra) and the Neo-Mameluk palaces of Koreiz exemplify the continuing development of the style, and in Bosnia, where the Austrian government commissioned a range of Neo-Moorish structures. This included application of ornamentations and other Moorish design strategies neither of which had much to do with prior architectural direction of indigenous Bosnian architecture. The central post office in Sarajevo, for example, follows distinct formal characteristics of design like clarity of form, symmetry, and proportion while the interior followed the same doctrine. The Oriental Institute in Sarajevo is an example of Pseudo Moorish architectural language using decorations and pointed arches while still integrating other formal elements into the design.

Lithography of the Moorish Castle, a theater built in Moorish Architecture. Location was Frederiksberg, Denmark

The "Moorish" garden structures built at Sheringham Hall, Norfolk, ca. 1812, were an unusual touch at the time, a parallel to chinoiserie, as a dream vision of fanciful whimsy, not meant to be taken seriously; however, as early as 1826, Edward Blore used Islamic arches, domes of various size and shapes and other details of Near Eastern Islamic architecture to great effect in his design for Alupka Palace in Crimea, a cultural setting that had already been penetrated by authentic Ottoman styles. By the mid-19th century, the style was adopted by the Jews of Central Europe, who associated mudejar architectural forms with the golden age of Jewry in medieval Muslim Spain. As a consequence, Moorish Revival spread around the globe as a preferred style of synagogue architecture.

The development of the style in the United States

In the United States, Washington Irving's travel sketch, Tales of the Alhambra (1832) first brought Moorish Andalusia into readers' imaginations; one of the first neo-Moorish structures was Iranistan, a mansion of P. T. Barnum in Bridgeport, Connecticut. Constructed in 1848 and demolished by fire ten years later, this architectural extravaganza "sprouted bulbous domes and horseshoe arches".[1] In the 1860s, the style spread across America, with Olana, the painter Frederic Edwin Church's house overlooking the Hudson River, Castle Garden in Jacksonville and Nutt's Folly in Natchez, Mississippi usually cited among the more prominent examples. After the American Civil War, Moorish or Turkish smoking rooms achieved some popularity. There were Moorish details in the interiors created for the Henry Osborne Havemeyer residence on Fifth Avenue by Louis Comfort Tiffany. The 1914 Pittock Mansion in Portland, Oregon incorporates Turkish design features, as well as French, English, and Italian ones; the smoking room in particular has notable Moorish revival elements. In 1937, the Corn Palace in Mitchell, South Dakota added unusual minarets and Moorish domes, unusual because the polychrome decorations are made out of corn cobs of various colors assembled like mosaic tiles to create patterns. The 1891 Tampa Bay Hotel, whose minarets and Moorish domes are now the pride of the University of Tampa, was a particularly extravagant example of the style. Other schools with Moorish Revival buildings include Yeshiva University in New York City.

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Moorish Revival theaters in America

Theater City and State Architect Date
Alhambra Theatre Birmingham, Alabama Graven & Maygar 1927
Alhambra Theatre Hopkinsville, Kentucky John Walker 1928
Alhambra Theatre San Francisco, California Miller and Pflueger 1925
Bagdad Theatre Portland, Oregon Thomas & Mercier 1927
Civic Theatre Akron, Ohio John Eberson 1929
Emporia Granada Theatre Emporia, Kansas Boller Brothers 1929
Fox Theatre Atlanta, Georgia Mayre, Alger & Vinour 1929
Fox Theatre North Platte, Nebraska Elmer F. Behrens 1929
Keith's Flushing Theater Queens, New York Thomas Lamb 1928
Loews Theatre Richmond, Virginia John Eberson 1928
Olympic Theatre Miami, Florida John Eberson 1926
Loew's 72nd Street Theatre New York City Thomas W. Lamb 1932 (dem.)
The Majestic Theatre San Antonio, Texas John Eberson 1929
Mount Baker Theatre Bellingham, Washington Robert Reamer 1927
Music Box Theatre Chicago, Illinois Louis J. Simon 1929
Palace Theatre Canton, Ohio John Eberson 1926
Palace Theatre Marion, Ohio John Eberson 1928
Plaza Theatre El Paso, Texas W. Scott Donne 1930
Saenger Theater Hattiesburg, Mississippi Emile Weil 1929
Sooner Theatre Norman, Oklahoma Harold Gimeno 1929
Temple Theatre Meridian, Mississippi Emile Weil 1927
Tennessee Theatre Knoxville, Tennessee Graven & Mayger 1928
Tower Theatre Los Angeles, California S. Charles Lee 1927

Theatres outside the United States

Theater Photo City and State Country Architect Date
State/Forum Theatre Forum Theatre Melbourne.jpg Melbourne, Victoria Australia Bohringer, Taylor & Johnson 1929
Eastern Arcade (former Palace/Metro Theatre) Building on bourke street melbourne.jpg Melbourne, Victoria Australia Hyndman & Bates 1894 (demolished in 2008)

Moorish revival synagogues

Europe

  • Cetate Neologue Synagogue, Timişoara, Romania, by Ignaz Schumann, 1864-65
  • Prešov synagogue, Prešov, Slovakia, 1898
  • Vrbové synagogue, Vrbové, Slovakia, 1883
  • Košice synagogue, Košice, Slovakia, 1899, interior of Rundbogenstil building

United States

Isaac M. Wise Temple, Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Vine Street Temple, Nashville, Tennessee, 1874

Churches and Cathedrals

Shriners Temples

The Shriners, a fraternal organization, often chose a Moorish Revival style for their Temples. Architecturally notable Shriners Temples include:

  • Zembo Mosque, Harrisburg, PA
  • Acca Temple (Currently the Landmark Theater, colloquially known as 'The Mosque'), designed by Marcellus Wright, Sr. in association with Charles M. Robinson and Charles Custer Robinson in 1925 and completed in 1926. [2]

Factories

  • Templeton's Carpet Factory, Glasgow, Scotland, 1889
  • Former Yenidze Cigarette Factory, Dresden, Germany, 1908 (here, the "minarets" are used to disguise smokestacks)

Sources

  • Naylor, David, Great American Movie Theaters, The Preservation Press, Washington D.C., 1987
  • Thorne, Ross, Picture Palace Architecture in Australia, Sun Books Pty. Ltd., South Melbourne, Australia, 1976

See also

Notes

  1. ^ John C. Poppeliers, S. Allen Chambers Jr. What Style Is It: A Guide to American Architecture, p. 63. ISBN 0-471-25036-8 .
  2. ^ Landmark Theater
  3. ^ www.nmscottishrite.org/web-content/santa_fe/index.html

Assorted examples

External links

Moorish Revival in New York Architecture http://www.nyc-architecture.com/STYLES/STY-MoorishRev.htm


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Moorish Revival or Neo-Moorish is one of the exotic revival architectural styles that were adopted by architects of Europe and the Americas in the wake of the Romanticist fascination with all things oriental. It reached the height of its popularity after the mid-nineteenth century, part of a widening vocabulary of articulated decorative ornament drawn from historical sources beyond familiar classical and Gothic modes. Little distinction was made in European and American practice between motifs drawn from Ottoman Turkey or from Andalusia.

The "Moorish" garden structures built at Sheringham Hall, Norfolk, ca. 1812, were an unusual touch at the time, a parallel to chinoiserie, as a dream vision of fanciful whimsy, not meant to be taken seriously; however, as early as 1826, Edward Blore used Islamic arches, domes of various size and shapes and other details of Near Eastern Islamic architecture to great effect in his design for Alupka Palace in Crimea, a cultural setting that had already been penetrated by authentic Ottoman styles. By the mid-19th century, the style was adopted by the Jews of Central Europe, who associated mudejar architectural forms with the golden age of Jewry in medieval Muslim Spain. As a consequence, Moorish Revival spread around the globe as a preferred style of synagogue architecture.

In the United States, Washington Irving's travel sketch, Tales of the Alhambra (1832) first brought Moorish Andalusia into readers' imaginations; one of the first neo-Moorish structures was Iranistan, a mansion of P. T. Barnum in Bridgeport, Connecticut. Constructed in 1848 and demolished by fire ten years later, this architectural extravaganza "sprouted bulbous domes and horseshoe arches".[1] In the 1860s, the style spread across America, with Olana, the painter Frederic Edwin Church's house overlooking the Hudson River, Castle Garden in Jacksonville and Nutt's Folly in Natchez, Mississippi usually cited among the more prominent examples. After the American Civil War, Moorish or Turkish smoking rooms achieved some popularity. There were Moorish details in the interiors created for the Henry Osborne Havemeyer residence on Fifth Avenue by Louis Comfort Tiffany. The 1914 Pittock Mansion in Portland, Oregon incorporates Turkish design features, as well as French, English, and Italian ones; the smoking room in particular has notable Moorish revival elements. In 1937, the Corn Palace in Mitchell, South Dakota added unusual minarets and Moorish domes, unusual because the polychrome decorations are made out of corn cobs of various colors assembled like mosaic tiles to create patterns. The 1891 Tampa Bay Hotel, whose minarets and Moorish domes are now the pride of the University of Tampa, was a particularly extravagant example of the style. Other schools with Moorish Revival buildings include Yeshiva University in New York City.

Although Carlo Bugatti employed Moorish arcading among the exotic features of his furniture, shown at the 1902 exhibition at Turin, by that time the Moorish Revival was very much on the wane everywhere but Imperial Russia, where the shell-encrusted Morozov House in Moscow (a stylisation of a Portuguese palace in Sintra) and the Neo-Mameluk palaces of Koreiz exemplify the continuing development of the style, and in Bosnia, where the Austrian government commissioned a range of Neo-Moorish structures. This included application of ornamentations and other Moorish design strategies neither of which had much to do with prior architectural direction of indigenous Bosnian architecture. The central post office in Sarajevo, for example, follows distinct formal characteristics of design like clarity of form, symmetry, and proportion while the interior followed the same doctrine. The Oriental Institute in Sarajevo is an example of Pseudo Moorish architectural language using decorations and pointed arches while still integrating other formal elements into the design.

In Spain, the country conceived as the place of origin of Moorish ornamentation, the interest in this sort of architecture fluctuated from province to province. The mainstream was called Neo-Mudéjar. In Catalonia, Antoni Gaudí's profound interest in Mudéjar heritage governed the design of his early works, such as Casa Vicens or Astorga Palace. In Andalusia, the Neo-Mudéjar style gained belated popularity in connection with the Ibero-American Exposition of 1929 and was epitomized by Plaza de España (Seville) and Gran Teatro Falla in Cádiz. In Madrid, the Neo-Mudéjar was a characteristic style of housing and public buildings at the turn of the century, while the 1920s return of interest to the style resulted in such buildings as Las Ventas bull ring and Diario ABC office.

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Moorish Revival theaters in America

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Theater City and State Architect Date
Bagdad Portland, Oregon Thomas & Mercier 1927
Granada Emporia, Kansas Boller Brothers 1929
Keiths Flushing Queens, New York Thomas Lamb 1928
Alhambra Birmingham, Alabama Graven & Maygar 1927
Olympic Miami, Florida John Eberson 1926
Fox Atlanta, Georgia Mayre, Alger & Vinour 1929
Alhambra Hopkinsville, Kentucky John Walker 1928
Temple Meridian, Mississippi Emile Weil 1927
Saenger Hattiesburg, Mississippi Emile Weil 1929
Fox North Platte, Nebraska Elmer F. Behrens 1929
Civic Akron, Ohio John Eberson 1929
Palace Canton, Ohio John Eberson 1926
Palace Marion, Ohio John Eberson 1928
Sooner Norman, Oklahoma Harold Gimeno 1929
Plaza El Paso, Texas W. Scott Donne 1930
Majestic San Antonio, Texas John Eberson 1929
Tower Los Angeles, California S. Charles Lee 1927
Alhambra San Francisco, California Miller and Pflueger 1925
Tennessee Knoxville, Tennessee Graven & Mayger 1928
Loews Richmond, Virginia John Eberson 1928
Music Box Chicago, Illinois Louis J. Simon 1929

Theatres outside the United States

Theater Photo City and State Country Architect Date
State/Forum Theatre Melbourne, Victoria Australia Bohringer, Taylor & Johnson 1929
Eastern Arcade (former Palace/Metro Theatre) Melbourne, Victoria Australia Hyndman & Bates 1894 (demolished in 2008)

Moorish revival synagogues

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Europe

  • Munich synagogue, by Friedrich von Gärtner, 1832 was the earliest Moorish revival synagogue (destroyed on Kristallnacht)
  • Leopoldstädter Tempel, Vienna, Austria, 1853-58 (destroyed on Kristallnacht)
  • Dohány Street Synagogue, Budapest (Hungary), 1854-1859
  • Tempel Synagogue, Cracow, Poland, 1860-62
  • Cetate Neologue Synagogue, Timişoara, Romania, by Ignaz Schumann, 1864-65
  • Spanish Synagogue, Prague, 1868
  • Great Synagogue in Pilsen, Pilsen, Bohemia, Czech Republic, 1888
  • Fabric New Synagogue in Timişoara,Romania, by Lipot Baumhorn, 1889
  • Prešov synagogue, Prešov, Slovakia, 1898
  • Vrbové synagogue, Vrbové, Slovakia, 1883
  • Košice synagogue, Košice, Slovakia, 1899, interior of Rundbogenstil building

United States

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  • Temple Emanu-El, on Fifth Avenue at 43rd Street, Congregation Emanu-El of the City of New York built in 1868, designed by Leopold Eidlitz, assisted by Henry Fernbach, (no longer standing)
  • Vine Street Temple, Nashville, Tennessee, 1874
  • B'nai Israel Synagogue (Baltimore), Maryland, 1876
  • Temple Adath Israel, Owensboro, Kentucky, 1877
  • Congregation Beth Israel of Portland, Oregon, 1888 (no longer standing)
  • Gemiluth Chessed, Port Gibson, Mississippi, 1891
  • Temple Beth-El, Corsicana, Corsicana, Navarro County, Texas, 1898-1900

Churches

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Shriners Temples

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The Shriners, a fraternal organization, often chose a Moorish Revival style for their Temples. Architecturally notable Shriners Temples include:

  • Medinah Temple, Chicago, built by architects Huehl and Schmidt in 1912.
  • Almas Temple, (1929,) 1315 O St., Washington. D.C.
  • Zembo Mosque, Harrisburg, PA
  • Acca Temple (Currently the Landmark Theater, colloquially known as 'The Mosque'), designed by Marcellus Wright, Sr. in association with Charles M. Robinson and Charles Custer Robinson in 1925 and completed in 1926. [2]

Factories

  • Templeton's Carpet Factory, Glasgow, Scotland, 1889
  • Former Yenidze Cigarette Factory, Dresden, Germany, 1908 (here, the "minarets" are used to disguise smokestacks)

Sources

  • Naylor, David, Great American Movie Theaters, The Preservation Press, Washington D.C., 1987
  • Thorne, Ross, Picture Palace Architecture in Australia, Sun Books Pty. Ltd., South Melbourne, Australia, 1976

Notes

  1. John C. Poppeliers, S. Allen Chambers Jr. What Style Is It: A Guide to American Architecture, p. 63. ISBN 0-471-25036-8 .
  2. Landmark Theater
  3. www.nmscottishrite.org/web-content/santa_fe/index.html

Assorted examples

External links

Moorish Revival in New York Architecture http://www.nyc-architecture.com/STYLES/STY-MoorishRev.htm Template:Commonscat


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