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WORK ON NEW GERMANIC MUSEUM GOING ON RAPIDLY

Building Shows Types of Best Forms of German Architecture.--Designed by Dr. Bestelmeyer.

The work on the new Germanic Museum, opposite Randall Hall is progressing so rapidly that its completion is expected sometime in the early part of next year. The building, which will house the large collection of architectural casts, photographs, etc., a considerable portion of which was presented to the University by the German Emperor on the occasion of the visit of Prince Harry a few years ago, has been given to the University by Mr. Adolphus Busch, of St. Louis, at whose request it was that Professor Dr. German Bestelmeyer, of Dresden, the designed of the building, was selected as a representative modern German architect. Professor Bestelmeyer is the noted German architect who recently designed the central hall of the new university buildings at Munich. Professor H. Langford Warren, of Warren and Smith, is associated with him and will have supervision of the construction and the carrying out of the design.

The structure is decidedly unusual in both design and architecture. Through a vestibule, distinctly "Modern German" in type of design, one enters into a large hall, to be given to the display of the Romanesque arts. Beyond this is a small chapel, where the distinctly Gothic work will be placed; and in the wing at the left is the Rennaissance Hall, where work of the German Rennaissance can be displayed against an appropriate background. The intersection of the two unequal wings is marked by a massive tower, that dominates the entire group and is the most striking decorative feature of its external design. The rectangle between the two wings is to be developed as an ornamental courtyard enclosed by a garden wall, with cloister-like arcades upon two sides. The Romanesque Hall is about seventy feet long with a vaulted ceiling supported by pillars forming alcoves; and a cast of the "Golden Gate" to Freiberg Cathedral as its further end forms the entrance to the Gothic Hall beyond, which sufficiently represents the crossing and choir of a church. This arrangement provides and appropriate location for the cast of the rood screen of Naunburg Cathedral. The largest hall, given to the period of Rennaissance culture, and measuring seventy feet long by fifty feet wide, has a flat ceiling supported by columns dividing the hall into two parts.

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