My TB post on style wars

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Here is the January post for my blog at Traditional Building: “Assertively Classical: Thomas Gordon Smith at Notre Dame” was written before the already intense political climate intensified by two- or three-fold after the inauguration of that successful entertainer. The post features Thomas Gordon Smith, the classicist prof at Notre Dame who was profiled in the most recent TB. My post’s concluding fillip on Trump and architecture was sprung on readers in the hope that momentum might plow them through the last couple of paragraphs before realizing their danger. Enjoy!

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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8 Responses to My TB post on style wars

  1. Emarchs says:

    I really love the phrase “It is time for the classical revival to step out of its comfort zone.”. Nice article indeed.


  2. Martha McDonald says:

    Thanks David

    Martha McDonald, Editor Traditional Building magazine



  3. Blue Panther says:

    Subversive inroads can be made! For example by pitching and placing articles such as this or profiles of “rad trads” in hipster publications such as Dwell who, yes, suffer from chronic modernism but also make some room for restorations of pleasing older structures such as craftsmen bungalows, etc. This is a long-term campaign to enlighten and liquidate visual illiteracy…


  4. Points of light indeed – I hope!


  5. …can we have some gold gilding, too? Very good points of light for a nod back to traditional architecture.


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