Highlights from SAHARA: Pyramids

by Jacqueline Spafford and Jeffrey Klee, SAHARA Co-Editors | | Jan 07, 2016
This month we’re highlighting SAHARA content that reflects one shape: the pyramid. In addition to the pyramids of Egypt and Central America, SAHARA has examples of pyramids and pyramidal shapes from the US, France, Canada, Cambodia and Poland. Below are a few samples. Please visit SAHARA to explore more.

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El Castillo, Chichen Itza, Mexico. Photo by William Kessler,1967.

View into the pyramidal ceiling of the Main Hall, Warsaw School of Economics, Poland, designed by Jan Koszyc Witkiewicz, 1925-51. Photo by Anna Jozefacka, 2012.

Monument for Peter Schoenhofen at Graceland Cemetery in Chicago, by Richard Ernest Schmidt, 1893. Photo by John Gronkowski, 2006.

Cross section of the Great Pyramid of Khufu, Giza, Egypt, from Karl Baedeker’s 1908 guide to Egypt and Sudan. It is one of the many copyright-free architectural drawings that MIT has contributed to SAHARA.

Pyramidal structure in the courtyard of Casa Azul (the Museo Frida Kahlo, and also her childhood home) in Mexico City (1904). Photo by Amber Wiley, 2014.

An 18th-century ice house in the form of a pyramidal tomb at Le Désert de Retz, Ile de France, designed by François Nicolas Henri Racine de Monville. Photo by Gabriel Wick, 2013. 

Man and the Community Pavilion (left) at Expo ’67 in Montreal, by Arthur Erickson. Photo by William Kessler, 1967.
A Confederate memorial at Hollywood Cemetery in Richmond, Virginia; by Charles H. Dimmock, 1868-69. Photo by Dell Upton, 2011.

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