I love old buildings. I really like Art Deco buildings, but anything pre-Brutalist Period has some charm somewhere. Beauty for beauty’s sake in architecture says something about the society that was extant when the building was erected. Exuberance. Faith (whether that being faith in a higher power, or faith in society as a whole). Hope. Optimism.
Just being a long-standing public exhibit of the ability of Man’s soul to produce something useful that is also beautiful and uplifting.
I can’t stand Brutalism, and I find most modern architecture to be rather soul-less, truth be told.
One of the things about old buildings — aside from their charm, if not outright beauty — is that they were built during a period when air-conditioning was Not A Thing. They supported folks going about their daily duties without dying of heatstroke at their typewriters on a daily basis.
High ceilings that allowed heat to rise away from the work areas. Transom windows above doors so that heat could flow away, but maintain some level of security and privacy. Floor vaults, thick walls, and functional cupolas all provided environmental consistency and relative comfort at a time when HVAC was still a fever dream.
I have to ask: Why, at a time when elements of the population are decrying the “wasteful” use of widespread conditioned air (and demanding that more public buildings get “green”) are these older, time-tested — and quite frankly, charming — features not being incorporated into more of these “ecologically-sensitive” modern buildings?
I would love to see a “Neo-Art Deco” style come back into popularity. Beaux-Arts. Even (if we have to) “Neo Moderne”
Buildings that are not only “environmentally conscious” (can’t believe I typed that with a straight face), but are graceful and beautiful for beauty’s sake.
What? I can hope, right?