His coaching in Rome resulted in innovative approaches, setting new standards for the design of mid-century Catholic churches within the Philippines. Locsin’s largest single work is the Istana Nurul Iman, the palace of the Sultan of Brunei, which has a floor area of two.2 million sq. feet. The CCP Complex itself is a virtual Locsin Complex with all 5 buildings designed by him — the Cultural Center of the Philippines, Folk Arts Theater, Philippine International Convention Center, Philcite and The Westin Hotel (now Sofitel Philippine Plaza). Leandro V. Locsin reshaped the urban landscape with a particular architecture reflective of Philippine Art and Culture. He believes that the true Philippine Architecture is “the product of two great streams of culture, the oriental and the occidental… to supply a brand new object of profound concord.” It is this synthesis that underlies all his works, along with his achievements in concrete reflecting his mastery of space and scale.
As anticipated by Mellon, the creation of the National Gallery encouraged the donation of other substantial art collections by numerous non-public donors. Founding benefactors included such individuals as Paul Mellon, Samuel H. Kress, Rush H. Kress, Ailsa Mellon Bruce, Chester Dale, Joseph Widener, Lessing J. Rosenwald and Edgar William and Bernice Chrysler Garbisch. Pittsburgh banker (and Treasury Secretary from 1921 till 1932) Andrew W. Mellon started gathering a personal assortment of old master paintings and sculptures throughout World War I. During the late 1920s, Mellon determined to direct his accumulating efforts in direction of the … Read More