Even within the parameters of their shared genericism, the facades reveal a striking variety of architectural pastiche and morphology, from Rundbogenstil
windows to stepped gables to decorative brickwork.
He approached design through the intellectual lens of his native central Europe, and while his works bear stylistic affinities to the German Rundbogenstil and the British Victorian Gothic, they are truly the result of a careful inquiry into organic models drawn from his idiosyncratic perception of natural science.
George's Episcopal Church on New York's Stuyvesant Square (1846-1849), a Rundbogenstil design in the manner of von Gartner's Ludwigskirche in Munich.
In 12 stimulating chapters, Stevens Curl traces first the pre-Victorian launch pad of revived gothic, then sweeps through such alternative styles as the Italianate and the Rundbogenstil
to the High Victorian gothic that is the heart of his study.
In tracing the development of the Romanesque revival, Kathleen Curran has first of all made an important contribution simply by making clear how far that revival was a distinct international movement, in which the German Rundbogenstil found not just echoes but filiations in England and America.
Both these tendencies were found in the early Rundbogenstil, at the Ludwigskirche in Munich, and they run through the history of the Romanesque revival.
Along its main street, Karl Johans gate,(1) all the main institutions of civilised life are laid out, from the Neo-Classical palace in the west to the Rundbogenstil
parliament building in the east.