May 28, 2012

Antique Papercraft: Moorish Style School Building

This French paper model from 1885 is titled "Ecole Arabe en Algerie" (Arabian School in Algeria). The architectural style of the building is what western architecture historians refer to as "Moorish".  At times, US and European architects in the Victorian period copied details from Islamic architecture such as this in an attempt to achieve a "romantic" look for their designs. A scan of the template for the school may be viewed here.

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