|Both buildings are part of the French Embassy (an Embassy because of the UN). The right part was designed by Sanford White.)|
The inside is amazing as it is on two floors. The bottom is normal, with a few cutouts in the ceiling, but the ceiling on the second floor is beautifully painted. Here are some pictures followed by the information from the web site.
|Fist floor books, with hanging lights.|
|First light fixture from picture above, with view towards second floor ceiling.|
|Second floor ceiling (and view in second floor).|
From their web site:
Albertine’s ceiling – a hand-painted mural of constellations, stars, and planets — was modeled after the extraordinary ceiling of the music room at the Villa Stuck in Munich, Germany, crafted by Franz von Stuck (1863-1928).
Also we took a picture of the entrance, which was cool. But I read about later and it is fascinating!!!!
|Entrance to building, with bookshop in the back. The bookstore was only opened in 2014.|
The centerpiece of the entrance of the building is a replica of Michelangelo’s Young Archer. The original had been in the lobby of the mansion for decades until it was discovered to be a Michelangelo in 2009. To our knowledge, it is the only Michelangelo statue on American soil. It is currently on loan at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.