The École des Beaux-Arts in Paris was renowned as one of the great art and architecture schools and inspired the international Beaux-Arts architectural movement. Known for demanding classwork and setting the highest standards, the École attracted students from around the world, including the United States, where students returned to design buildings that would influence the history of architecture in America, such as the Boston Public Library, the New York Public Library, and Biltmore. Historian Margot M. Ellis will present an illustrated overview of the work of American architects who studied at the famous school before going on to design and build many of the nation’s most important buildings and monuments.
Light hors d’oeuvres and wine will be served, followed by the presentation at 6 p.m. This event is co-sponsored by the Institute of Classical Architecture and Art, North Carolina Chapter.