Rare Beauty of the Temple of Music
It Will Be the Gem of the Exposition Buildings
in Elaborate Color Scheme
Nearly a Score of Painters at Work
Red to be the "Theme" With Ivory, Gold and a Strong Green and Bronze for The Trimmings
Buffalo Evening News March 2, 1901
Nearly a Score of painters began the work of painting the Temple of Music at the Exposition yesterday. It is the aim of authorities to make the Temple of Music the gem of the Exposition in respect to an elaborate color scheme, as well as to ornateness of architecture.
The scheme was wrought out carefully by Charles Y. Turner, N.A., director of color, and the water-color drawings in his studio at the grounds tell their own story of magnificent success.
Red will be the predominating color in both the interior and exterior decorations. To borrow an expression from the language of music, this color will be the theme to be played upon in various delicate and dainty ways. Ivory and gold will be used very frequently in connection with the tones of red. A soft red will be used for the body of the building, and this will be accentuated with golden tints in the ornaments and by blues in the panels of the dome. A strong green note will be carried out in the trimmings of the windows and in the panels of antique bronze. The colonnades of the four facades will be inlaid with reds. The sculpture of the frieze on the building will also be richly inlaid with green and gold. The red tones will grow lighter as they reach the dome, which will be one of the features of the building.
The interior, which in this building alone will be finished in staff, will have a somewhat similiar color scheme, but with distinctive characteristics to harmonize with the interior architectural effects. There will be a combination of red for the wall color with ivory trimmings and panels in green bronze. Ribs of ivory will run into the dome, which will be of gold with a red field. The blue-green occuring in small quantities below, will be used striking effect above, strong reds and other lines contrasting effectively. In portions of the architecture the effect will strongly resemble mosaic work. Other noticeable features will be the organ screen and the stairways and entrances of the balcony.
The lighting of the interior at night by electric lights will bring out the brilliant colors in all their perfection of harmony.
The contractor expects to complete the work within five weeks.
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