Art & Architechture

The New York State Education Building was designed by Henry Hornbostel and built between 1908 and 1912. Its Beaux-Arts style in the Neoclassical tradition, popular in public buildings of the period, reflects an aura of cultured values and intellectual energy. The building is famous for the 36 Corinthian columns on its façade, considered the longest colonnade in the world. The architectural pivot of the building’s interior is its noble Rotunda, which rises from the second to the fifth floor. At the time of its completion, the building symbolized the unification of the State Education Department, and also housed the State Library and State Museum.

Jason–the Precursor, Veritas–the Eternal, Justitia–the Liberator, Patria–the Inspirer, Theseus–the Pathfinder, Icarus–the Sky-Soarer, Prometheus–the Power-Giver, and Fortuna–the Pacemaker
Explore this interactive panoramic view taken from the center of the Rotunda. Although the majority of paintings are recessed behind giant corinthian columns, Hope and Contrition are visible on the far left, and Echo and Clio are visible on the far right.