The Ecole des Beaux-Arts

Over the course of several decades of writing and lecturing about New York architecture, I’ve probably had occasion to use the phrase ¨Beaux-Arts¨ hundreds – if not thousands – of times. So what a thrill to be here in Paris, walking down the Rue Bonaparte, and suddenly spot two very familiar sculpted portrait busts over a gateway leading into a large courtyard. Yes indeed, this is the École des Beaux-Arts – the school where