Trump’s order from December mandated that buildings be designed in only classical, Neoclassical, Art Deco, Georgian, Greek Revival, and Beaux-Arts styles.
The order was an attempt to stop the trend of government buildings being soulless brutalist concrete boxes (see above), rather than constructions reminiscent of the buildings of ancient Athens and Rome.
The order noted that the founding fathers “wanted America’s public buildings to inspire the American people and encourage civic virtue,” and that “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.”
Trump’s order emphasised that “New Federal building designs 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.”
America was in real danger of buildings looking nice again. Thank goodness Biden stepped in.
As we have previously highlighted, Brutalist and Deconstructivist styles have been embraced in the US and even in Europe, where classical buildings are torn down and replaced with giant ugly, spirit sapping monstrosities.
Leftists celebrated the scrapping of Trump’s order, reasoning that classical architecture is fascist, art isn’t necessary in modern democracies, and Trump really wanted to make climate change worse… or something:
With cognitive dissonance on max, some even argued that classic architecture is “ugly” :