September 22, 2021

Trump signs executive order mandating use of classical architecture in all new federal building construction

A culture’s art and architecture tells much about its worldview. It’s no coincidence then, that as our culture descends into nihilism, so goes the concept of beauty — but President Donald Trump is doing something about it.

Trump just signed an executive order to banish modern utilitarian architectural designs for new federal buildings in favor of a return to styles more in line with the aesthetic the founding fathers favored, Breitbart reported. Future buildings would now need to adhere to classical rather than modernist styles that are have become the default.

In the order “Neoclassical, Georgian, Federal, Greek Revival, Beaux-Arts, and Art Deco” are the preferred types. The more modern trends like brutalism and deconstructivism would be limited, with the order saying the latter “subverts the traditional values of architecture through such features as fragmentation, disorder, discontinuity, distortion, skewed geometry, and the appearance of instability.”

The order went on to note that the founding fathers “wanted America’s public buildings to inspire the American people and encourage civic virtue” with the use of neoclassical construction. “President George Washington and Secretary of State Thomas Jefferson consciously modeled the most important buildings in Washington, D.C., on the classical architecture of ancient Athens and Rome. They sought to use classical architecture to visually connect our contemporary Republic with the antecedents of democracy in classical antiquity, reminding citizens not only of their rights but also their responsibilities in maintaining and perpetuating its institutions.”

That trend reversed when new buildings erected from around midcentury onward jettisoned traditional architecture and replaced them with the steel-and-concrete eyesores now favored by modernists. “The new buildings ranged from the undistinguished to designs even [U.S. General Services Administration] now admits many in the public found unappealing,” the order said. “In Washington, D.C., new federal buildings visibly clashed with the existing classical architecture.”

The order cited examples of specific buildings that are widely panned for their ugly, incongruous designs. “Some of these structures, such as the Hubert H. Humphrey Department of Health and Human Services Building and the Robert C. Weaver Department of Housing and Urban Development Building, were controversial, attracting widespread criticism for their Brutalist designs.”

The order stated that designs for new federal buildings “should, like America’s beloved landmark buildings, uplift and beautify public spaces, inspire the human spirit, ennoble the United States, command respect from the general public, and, as appropriate, respect the architectural heritage of a region.” The order will establish the President’s Council on Improving Federal Civic Architecture to make sure this new standard thoughtfully considered, though would not be required if proper reasoning was provided to the council.

The structures erected by a civilization say a great deal about what the people building them believed about their world. Architecture based on classical style is meant to convey reverence for the past, a regard for the wisdom of western civilization, and of course objective beauty. The modern aesthetic is a rejection of all of that, and at the most basic level, simply unappealing. It’s about time someone recognized why this issue is important, and is also willing to do something about it.

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Timothy Yorgan (@guest_1092144)
8 months ago

I’m reminded of the 45 communist goals for the overthrow of the United States; Goal #22. “Continue discrediting American culture by degrading all forms of artistic expression. An American Communist cell was told to “eliminate all good sculpture from parks and buildings, substitute shapeless, awkward and meaningless forms.” This would include changing the traditional look of buildings which gave a feeling of stability and ancient truths.

Barbara Anderson (@guest_1092157)
Reply to  Timothy Yorgan
8 months ago

Yep, and good old Nikki Haley started the tearing down of our history…our War Between the States and look at what has happened…time, money and history destroyed and continues to this day.
If Trump wants this country to reflect what was, then he needs to restore wildlife to freedom instead of killing them off…same with our trees..no clear cutting of forests….he is ????

Robert Pegram (@guest_1092174)
Reply to  Barbara Anderson
8 months ago

The amount of forests in the 48 contiguous state is way more now than it was 100 years ago. You have a warped view of our environment in the U.S>

Wayne (@guest_1092187)
Reply to  Barbara Anderson
8 months ago

A little warped are we. Site some references to your attacks, other wise, you are blowing smoke up peoples backsides.

Paul Kern (@guest_1092207)
Reply to  Wayne
8 months ago

Such a hater!

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Reply to  Barbara Anderson
8 months ago

The forest destruction you have to blame the democrats in california for not taking cae of cleaning the dry leaves between the trees. Newsom has never done his job and consequently forest fires are destroying the fawn and fauna of that once bautiful state, now its the oorest withNYC and other liberal states the poorest in our country, People are living in excrement on the streets of these cities.!!! It is EMBARRASING TO SHOW the country what is becoming!

MANDAGUEVOS (@guest_1092264)
Reply to  Timothy Yorgan
8 months ago

STAND UP FOR TRADITION AND TRADITIONAL VALUES, THE MODERNISTIC COMPUTER,RED DOPER DIAPER BABIES CAN KEEP THEIR CHANGELING BELIEFT S TO THEMESELVES- THE LEFTIST COMMIES ARE AFRAID BECAUSE THEY KNOW THEY HAVE NOTHING TO OFFER THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, THEY HAVE NOTHING TO SELL EXCEPT ENCROACH THEIR IDIOT IDEAS ON THE REST OF GOD FEARING AMERICANS WHO STILL HAVE SOME VALUES LEFT. THE INDOCTRINATION OF OUR CHILDREN IN THE SCHOOLS MUST STOP.

Carol (@guest_1092146)
8 months ago

We all know that 11/3 election was the biggest fraud in our wonderful country ever! If there are still any honest people out there, please help us out here!

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8 months ago

I’m pretty sure the first 21 have already been accomplished.

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8 months ago

Yet another reason I just love this wonderful President!

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8 months ago

We CANNOT even think of allowing the Biden crew to go unchallenged! They are not fit to hold office even if they won the election legally, which they didn’t! I do not understand why the Supreme Court has refused to hear this case, which has AMPLE evidence to overturn this election, which President Trump rightfully WON!

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8 months ago

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