I here inaugurate a “Blast from the past” feature based on my newly discovered ability to find posts from my lapsed Providence Journal blog, also called Architecture Here and There. I have created a page called Archives From My Old Journal Blog that contains material written between 2009 and 2013. This blogger’s appreciation for the courtesy of the Journal in making this archive available is considerable. The type is quite small but can be bumped up, if need be, on your computer screen.
The subject of this inaugural archival post is the idea that you could have buildings that meld modernism’s novelty and classicism’s tradition in ways that bring charm and even beauty to the city. The idea returned to me when I wrote a positive review of Frank Gehry’s Beekman Tower in Manhattan in 2011. It suggests a modus operandi for modernists and classicists to just get along. My conclusion, however, was that modernist architects don’t really want to get along.