(b. 1801, Paris, d. 1875, Fontainebleau)

Interior view

Bibliothèque Nationale de France, Site Richelieu, Paris

Labrouste developed his design principles applied in the Bibliothèque Sainte-Geneviève further inn the reading room of the Bibliotheque Nationale, Paris. The cast iron supports have Corinthian capitals, but these supports are so thin that this is no more than a nod towards classical architecture.

The photo shows the reading room (Salle Labrouste).

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