Classical Style Aligns Fed Buildings to Civic Ideals

The U.S. Courthouse in Tuscaloosa, Ala., a rare example of a classical architecture built since 1962 (Photo: Timothy Hursley)
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NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE L ots of people seem to have their gender-neutral knickers in a twist. Last week, a draft of a new federal-government rule mandating the classical style for most federal government buildings was leaked to newspapers. Fury ensued, not by the act of leaking but by the new, salubrious leash proposed for tax-funded architects given to chasing fads. Personally, my knickers flow untrammeled by snags and hitches. I studied the eminently readable order, learned the facts, thought about them, followed the money, of course, and then developed an informed opinion.

The draft order offers much to like and some things to tweak. Its

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