It is the intention of the AMERICAN LUXFER PRISM
COMPANY to continue issuing this series of pictures of great buildings
once a month. This is the second of the series, the first having been
the Pantheon, Rome. It is believed that a complete set of these buildings
will constitute a useful and interesting possession for the architect.|
The products of the AMERICAN LUXFER PRISM
COMPANY are thoroughly described on pages 516-521 of Sweet's Index.
As we have a large number of branch offices, any architect wishing
information or estimates may readily have personal attention prompt
rendered by writing our nearest office.
TAJ MAHAL, AGRA, INDIA
The famous mausoleum erected by Shah Jehan, 1627-1658, for his
favorite wife. It stands on a platform of white marble 18 feet high
and 313 feet square, with tapering cylindrical minarets 133 feet high
at the angles. The mausoleum itself is in plan 186 feet square with
the corners cut off. It consists without of two tiers of keel-shaped
arches, with a great single-arched porch in the middle of each side.
The structure is crowned by a pointed and slightly bulbous dome, 58
feet in diameter and about 210 feet in exterior height, flanked by four
octagonal kiosks. The interior is occupied by four domed chambers in
the corners, and a large arcaded octagon in the middle, all connected
by corridors. In the central chambers stand two cenotaphs inclosed
by a remarkable openwork rail in marble. No light is admitted to the
interior except through the delicately pierced marble screens which
fill all the windows. The decoration is enriched by admirable mosaic
inlaying in stone of flower-motives and arabesques, much of it in agate,
bloodstone and jasper. Tavernier in his travels, mentions that it took
20,000 men twenty-two years to build the Taj Mahal.
American Luxfer Prism Company
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DULUTH, 106 W. Michigan St.
INDIANAPOLIS, 342 E. Washington St.
KANSAS CITY, 948 N.Y. Life Bldg.
LOS ANGELES, 232 Bradbury Bldg.
MILWAUKEE, 1112 Railway Ex.
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NEW ORLEANS, 904 Hennen Bldg.
PITTSBURGH, 1022 Fulton Bldg.
PHILADELPHIA, 608 Chestnut St.
ROCHESTER, 38 Exchange St.
ST. LOUIS, 1002 Carleton Bldg.
ST. PAUL, 615 Ryan Bldg.
SAN FRANCISCO, 245 Oak St.
SEATTLE, 31 Maynard Bldg.