The art, architecture and culture of Egypt and Classical Antiquity were critical to the development of New York City’s built environment and culture. Take a look at images of Wall Street, NYPL, and the Murray Hill Distributing Reservoir and links to the publications that I referenced. Many of the archaeological publications from the 19th century have been digitized and can be downloaded or browsed for free.
Key buildings: Federal Hall, New York Stock Exchange, J. P. Morgan and Co. Headquarters and the Banker’s Trust Building
Mausoleum of Halicarnassus – this tomb was the model for the top of the Banker’s Trust Building. This drawing in the British Museum demonstrates the step-pyramid. The drawing is not accurate, but an artist’s reinterpretation of the ruins.
New York Public Library and the Croton/Murray Hill Distributing Reservoir
The Ruins of Palmyra by Robert Wood brought the antiquities of the Middle East, specifically Palmyra in Syria to a European audience in the mid-18th century.