I thought it was an Onion headline when I saw it in my FB feed. Sadly, it's not. I don't hate classical architecture. I also feel mildly confused bc this is an exec order from a man who likes his buildings to feature gold and his name in large letters.
RECORD has obtained what appears to be a preliminary draft of the order, under which the White House would require rewriting the Guiding Principles for Federal Architecture, issued in 1962, to ensure that “the classical architectural style shall be the preferred and default style” for new and upgraded federal buildings. Entitled “Making Federal Buildings Beautiful Again,” the draft order argues that the founding fathers embraced the classical models of “democratic Athens” and “republican Rome” for the capital’s early buildings because the style symbolized the new nation’s “self-governing ideals” (never mind, of course, that it was the prevailing style of the day).
RECORD has obtained what appears to be a preliminary draft of an executive order that, if implemented, would profoundly affect the future of federal architecture. The AIA issued a statement in response on Tuesday afternoon.