Latest Atrocities in Modern Architecture – IOTW Report

Latest Atrocities in Modern Architecture

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  1. The last greatest American architect died in 1886,
    His name was Henry Hobson Richardson.

    After that WWI killed art.

    Modernism, art and architecture is devoid of emotion and warmth.

    Ghost, architect.

  2. The Communist Takeover Of America – 45 Declared Goals:

    Rule #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.”

    23. Control art critics and directors of art museums. “Our plan is to promote ugliness, repulsive, meaningless art.”

    But, now, instead of just sculpture and art, they have included modern architecture worldwide.

  3. Phallic symbols have been a LONG thing for modernist architects and it did not start with bad modernistic dildos just in London.

    The ENTIRE NYC Skyline has changed in only the past ten years (thank you Bloomerg). That said, this has been going on for 140 years. The Race to the top started in the 1930’s. Well, a bit before that, just pre WWI.

    There was an actual competition of sorts when the Empire State building and the Chrysler building were being built around the same time.

    For those that know or remember driving into and around NYC, maybe for the first time years ago, the skyline has changed drastically.

    Waaaay different now.

    Might not be CORRECT to say? But DiCommie O (Diblasio) has something going on here.

    Give me some room.

    Why does DC look the way it does???

    Well for one there is no allowed building higher than, I think it’s the Washington Monument or the Capital…

    Sometimes A regulation, a mandate, can be…good?

  4. The Collage of Wooster in Ohio is a great example of this. Back in the 60s they renovated and added on to the school with some very nice buildings such as the Student Union, Library, Biology dorms etc. Then in the lat 60s they got rid of the architectural firm that had done a splendid job in favor of some New York “architects” to “modernize” things. Their first and last job there was to replace the grand, old, stone Chapel.

    As most of you know, good architectural design creates beauty that fits in with the surroundings. This is an old collage with a lot of wonderful buildings. Here is the eyesore that these New York morons built and unfortunately it is still there sticking out like a sore thumb. This embarrassment does not fit in with anything there, nor can I imagine it fitting in with anything, anywhere unless some community needs a prison facility out in the middle of nowhere!

    Not a single window in the joint yet somehow it is supposed to blend in with this:

    Fifty years later this atrocity still stands as a stark reminder of abject incompetence not only of the architectural firm (if you can call it that), but the board as well not to mention an insult to God!

  5. Our local public health building looks like 4 giant urinals placed at each corner. It is an ugly building and we jokingly refer to it as the place where The Jolly Green Giant goes to take a pee.

  6. @MMinlamesa- correct, LCT was indeed one of the greatest of American artists along with Johh Lafarge, Augustus Saint Gaudens and the architects Mckim Mead and White that worked IN Richardsons office before starting their own office.

    It was called the American Renaisssance or the Gilded Age of America.

    It literally started with the building of Trinity church in Boston where a group of artists and ONE architect, HHR, assembled to build the greatest church America had up until that time.

    Whistler and Sargent were amoung the greatest painters at the time.

  7. Oh Man ghost of brig gen j glover, DO NOT get me going about Trinity Church. Standing in it’s sanctuary, surrounded by LaFarge and Tiffany is an experience I’ve been blessed with 3x. As a life long leaded glass artist myself(I make my own glass) it’s one of my favorite places to view such masterful work.

    A little story about the church. Tiffany of course is a hero but the 3 piece LaFarge behind the choir is one of my all time favorites, especially the side lites. Simple design and phenomenal cobalt blue cabochons are spectacular.

    Anyway many years ago, on my first visit, I saw that they were seeking a studio to restore them. I’ve done dozens of church restoration and probably over 25,000 individual panels but the prospect of removing and transporting them across the country to my studio was too daunting.

    Next time I was there I saw the studio that had gotten the job had horribly botched the restoration of the first one they had removed and had thankfully been stopped from proceeding.

    On my last visit, still nothing had been done. Sad. Can not imagine how in the world that could have happened.

    LaFarge also painted the ceiling and walls of the sanctuary ala Michelangelo. That’s pretty cool. At the time of it’s construction Tiffany & LaFarge were about even in terms of fame and clientele but shortly thereafter Tiffany quickly zoomed to the forefront.

    I’ve read that he promised a partnership with LaFarge to get his opalescent glass formulas and then left him high and dry. No matter as Tiffany hired Leslie Nash, a glassmaker from England who created the most beautiful glass EV-VAH.

    I could go on & on…


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