October 20, 2010

Grand pastel

Last year, I was able to post some detail shots of the old Finance Building, which is now the Museum of the Filipino People. Here is the facade in its entirety. The building has since gotten a fresh coat of creamy yellow paint which, according to arts advocate and heritage conservationist John Silva, was its original color. They discovered it by carefully peeling away all the layers of paint that its walls and columns had accumulated over the decades. And no, it's not curved and I don't know why my photos of wide buildings usually end up like this.

face of the old Finance Building, now the Museum of the Filipino People

15 comments:

Oakland Daily Photo said...

Nice, classical feel to this building. Perfect for a museum.

Al said...

That looks like a beautiful building. It looks curved because your lens adds distortion to photos at certain zoom ranges, it's fairly common at the widest angles of some lenses or cameras.

bfarr said...

That's a beautiful color. I am glad they took the time to research the palate. The color can be an important as the architecture.

Leif Hagen said...

"Like butter!" I love the freshly painted gem of a building!

Youth_in_Asia said...

I love the columns. beautiful building.

RJ said...

Arts and architechture outside, it's history inside!

Nakapasok ako isang beses dito, September 2001. Nawalan ng kuryente, nandu'n kami sa fourth floor with the manuggol jar and skull display. Sigawan lahat ng mga tao sa room, nakakatakot! U

Olivier said...

surprenante cette couleur, mais cela lui va bien. Pour tes photos, il faudrait les prendre plus grande et apres redresser tes batiments

Dina said...

Like Superman bends steel with his bare hands, Hilda bends buildings with her lens. :)

VP said...

An impressive facade for a quite solemn building. The curved effect is fairly common with some wide angle lenses.

Kaori said...

The original color is beautiful! Love that they discovered it and made the effort to change it back :-D

Cezar and Léia said...

Dear Hilda, your picture is wonderful!I love this angle and the facade is very impressive!I imagine they use to have flags by the two sides of the building.I love those palm trees, they are huge!
Léia

Halcyon said...

It looks great with the fresh coat of paint! I like the curvy feel of the shot too.

Barb McMahon and Alan Mailloux said...

Very beautiful!

(and comforting to know that the curved effect is so common...)

Lois said...

I love the yellow, but of course the columns are my favorite part of the building!

Francisca said...

Wow, this new paint job must be very recent! And I didn't know it was a museum either. :-( I'll have to go check it out one of these days.