Beaux-Arts architecture

Beaux-Arts architecture was a style of architecture favored by the École des Beaux-Arts in late 19th century France and adopted in the U.S. and elsewhere around 1900, characterized by symmetrical plans and the eclectic use of architectural features combined so as to give a massive, elaborate, and often ostentatious effect. The term is often used in a pejorative sense to designate excessive formalism disregarding considerations of structural truth, advanced aesthetic theory, rational planning, or economy.