100 years ago in COUNTRY LIFE
June 23, 1917
EVERY nation expresses itself by what it builds or has built. The Pyramids stand to us for Egypt, the Acropolis for Greece. In Westminster Abbey England sees herself expressed, as in the Kremlin of Moscow—with its marvellous churches Russia’s soul is written. In the Old World, where nationality means most, there are great numbers of places of national expression. Our stones are all holy. It is therefore rather curious to find in the New World any great characteristic expression in art. Yet it is true of New York that its buildings are more characteristic of America than ours are characteristic of us.