A couple of years ago the world of classical architecture learned that an extraordinarily non-canonical building had won a Stanford White Award from the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art’s headquarters chapter in New York City.
Eyebrows arched. Was this another “break with tradition” like the ICAA’s 2011 conference on postmodern architecture, of all things, or like Michael Graves, of all people, getting another prestigious classical award, the Driehaus, in 2012? Heterodoxy! What was going on?
Then the talk died down and most classicists moved on to other issues.
But a flow of e-mails kept arriving from the New York architect who designed the building, the Saratoga Avenue Community Center, in Brooklyn. It turned out that George Ranalli is also the dean of architecture at the City College of New York, had taught for 20 years at Yale and was a modernist in good standing.
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