Just for the Palladiophobes

The Palladian porch in Calcutta, in the memory of eminent orientalist James Prinsep, was designed by W. Fitzgerald and constructed in 1843.

The Palladian porch in Calcutta, in the memory of eminent orientalist James Prinsep, was designed by W. Fitzgerald and constructed in 1843.

Here is a brief quote from Humberto Eco’s Prague Cemetery that might shiver some timbers, or not:

And I could tell you about the Knights Templar and Scottish Freemasonry, about the Rite of Herodom, the Rite of Swedenborg, the Rite of Memphis and Misraim (established by that scoundrel and charlatan Cagliostro), and then Weishaupt’s “Unknown Superiors,” the Satanists, Luciferians or Palladians as they are otherwise known – it’s all Greek to me.

I am a Palladiophile. To me the Palladians are as far from the devil as can be imagined, but then I didn’t write the book!

About David Brussat

For a living, I edit the writing of some of the nation's leading architects, urbanists and design theorists. 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. My freelance writing and editing on that topic and others addresses issues of design and culture locally and globally. I am a fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts, and 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 invest your prose with even more style and clarity, please email me at my consultancy, dbrussat@gmail.com, 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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