Gilded Age Architecture

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Throughout its history, the United States of America has undergone numerous eras, ages, and periods; an example of one of the many changes in the country is the Gilded Age. The Gilded Age ranged from the years of 1877 to 1890 and signifies the population boost and how the upper class enjoyed life—those who could live lavishly did. Most aspects of life were affected during this era, including politics, population, and even something as comparably insignificant as the architecture of the time. Hardly anything was left untouched by the influx of change. During the Gilded Age, America’s politics and over-all government changed for the worse. The Congress of the time was anything but efficient and respected. Rather than political figures earning their high positions, they bought them instead; sadly,…show more content…
Starting in the late nineteenth century, Beaux-Arts architecture became quite popular among the rich. The style of buildings for such a group of people fit, also—the buildings had sculptures and various types of art on or carved in them (giving the structure a sense of regality), symmetry, structures along the lines of grand entrances, and more that added character. One of the things that affected the prosperous country the very most was the booming population. Around ten million people—from Ireland and southern and eastern Europe—immigrated to the northern United States in search of what the first Americans went to the country in search of: religious freedom. This, as overwhelming as it may seem, was helpful to the economy. A high number of jobs in factories were handed out to unskilled workers, leading to a higher rate of production and, consequently, more money. The Gilded Age was partially marked by rich industrialists whose names can still be recognized today, such as Cornelius Vanderbilt, Andrew Carnegie, John D. Rockefeller, Henry Flagler, and J.P. Morgan. (conclusion not
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