Marble plates adhered with aluminum-capped iron rivets coat the building, making it easy to maintain and clean — a Modernist goal. Modernity scorns unnecessary ornamentation, considering it a waste of the workers’ time and energy. But Wagner apparently relented enough to let his buddy, secessionist sculptor Othmar Schimkowitz, create some classical winged victories for the rooftop. I wonder if modernists ever realized that their anti-ornamentation and low-maintenance stance eventually put workers and artists out of jobs?

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