a tradition of showy, formal architecture, usually in a classically-inspired vocabulary, fostered by the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris and popular in the United States in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
A late 19th Century, early 20th Century architectural school that believed in using grandiose styles. Structures are usually symmetrical, using revival elements from Italian Renaissance, Greek Revival, Classical Revival and other ornate styles. Many times these styles were mixed, creating an eclectic work. The style was primarily used for public buildings such as court houses, libraries, museums and mansions.