The PPIE color palette was designed by Jules Guerin, who said that color was
“...the magic quality our public buildings have missed so long. For color, like music, is the language of emotion...With it, we may bring to the inanimate surface the joy of the warmth of sunlight and vibration, and borrowing inspiration from the painter’s palette, help our architecture at last to find its soul.” (source)Isn't that a wonderful philosophy?
Interesting! I totally agree about pure white being too harsh in most environments, but many gallery owners would disagree with me...So where did he come up with the palette? Here's an artist's rendering of what the site used to look like, in all it's glory.
|Oxidized Copper Green|
|Deep Cerulean Blue|
|Yellow Golden Orange|
|Pinkish Red Gold|
- French green for garden lattices
- Deep cerulean blue in recessed panels and ceiling vaults
- Pink-orange for flagpoles
- Pinkish-red flecked with brown for the background of colonnades
- Golden-burnt-orange for moldings and small domes
- Terra cotta for other domes
- Gold for statuary
- Antique green for urns and vases.
If you're interested in more details, the book The Jewel City is a great source.