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The Bronx Zoo
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It wasn't only for huge buildings that these French-inspired forms were used, but for smaller-scale civic buildings as well, as is evident at the Bronx Zoo, another one of these European-inspired institutions that was established in the late nineteenth century, and uses French architectural ideas for its buildings. And the original buildings designed by Heinz and La Farge, the same architects who designed the original subway stations, were a quadrangle of buildings that culminates in the Elephant House, the most important building at a zoo, so it gets a grand dome, but typical of Beaux-Arts buildings, the sculpture says something about the use of the building, so that you have this wonderful animal sculpture on the building. You have a rhinoceros keystone in the center, and two giant elephants to either side.


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