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Children's Museum (Bryan Municipal Building)
For this former municipal building, Bertram E. Giesecke moved from the Classical Revival of his father's work at Texas A&M to an early expression of Moderne rendered in glazed terra-cotta. The two-story structure emulates a county courthouse, with slightly projecting center bays on each facade signaling the four entrances of a cross-axial plan. The three large central segmental-arched doors are actually the fire department, public entrances being at the ends. The facades have a vertical emphasis, with stacked paired windows slightly recessed from the wall plane. The resulting pilaster effect creates the impression of a classical colonnade, when in fact the wall is flat. Inset ornamental panels above the windows give the impression of a balustrade to top off the composition. The design effectively conveys a civic monumentality with minimal means.
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