Three Classicists

"Three Classicists" - see video link below. (

“Three Classicists” – see video link below. (

This time-lapse video, called “Three Classicists,” shows three British classicists, including Quinlan Terry’s son, sketching a classical scene on a blank wall in about three minutes, to the dear strains of a dulcet cellist. It is several years old but I post it to introduce readers to a great new website called “A Vision for Civic Conservation,” assembled by Christopher Liberatos and Jenny Bevan, who run an architectural firm in Charleston, S.C. – it has been a leader in opposing the sinister school of architecture being built in historic Charleston by Clemson University.

The three classicists are Francis Terry, George Saumarez Smith and Ben Pentreath. A host of other fascinating videos are also posted in the VCC “Readings” section.

But VCC is more than a great way to see videos. It uses graceful language and cantankerous posters, including the work of Leon Krier, to sum up the essential issues of architecture, preservation and urbanism in today’s world. It draws the startling contrast between the benefits of building cities based on the principles of tradition and the flaws of the reigning modernist way of building (or anti-building). We can do better, it insists.

VCC is not just a great website, it is a movement, and you can sign up. I did and so have many others. You can get on the bandwagon at “Sign Up Here.”

About David Brussat

This blog was begun in 2009 as a feature of the Providence Journal, where I was on the editorial board and wrote a weekly column of architecture criticism for three decades. Architecture Here and There fights the style wars for classical architecture and against modern architecture, no holds barred. History Press asked me to write and in August 2017 published my first book, "Lost Providence." I am now writing my second book. My freelance writing on architecture and other topics addresses issues of design and culture locally and globally. I am a member of the board of the New England chapter of the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art, which bestowed an Arthur Ross Award on me in 2002. I work from Providence, R.I., where I live with my wife Victoria, my son Billy and our cat Gato. If you would like to employ my writing and editing to improve your work, please email me at my consultancy,, or call 401.351.0457. Testimonial: "Your work is so wonderful - you now enter my mind and write what I would have written." - Nikos Salingaros, mathematician at the University of Texas, architectural theorist and author of many books.
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