Long after Impressionism itself had ceased to have avant-garde cachet, he capitalized on what by then had become a safe, even venerable, stylistic choice in order to celebrate both America's military involvement in World War I (Fifth Avenue grandly ornamented with waving American and Allied flags) and its WASP heritage (white, steeple-topped New England churches radiating classical order
and harmony in a natural paradise of vividly hued splendor).
The French playwright revered the classical order
of Greek tragedy, and was fairly strict in his observation of the unities of time, place and action.
But when, as the virtual viceroy of Charles n, he rebuilt Thirlestane Castle in Scotland, he ventured a superb railway-carriage sequence of linear state apartments prefaced by a dramatic entrance symmetry in which gothic castle towers act like a giant classical order
. Architectural historians are going to have much to digest and reappraise.
So, with large areas of glass, broken only by stone panels that pass over the floor zones, exposed Miesian mullions and corner detailing bring Classical order
, complete with fluted details.
All three are consistent in correlating gestures of deconstruction with the establishment of "cybersites," each commissioning artists and/or architects who literally "deconstruct" their pavilion by means of massive escarpments of scaffolding or, in the case of the Austrians, by permanently dislocating the classical order
of the original architecture with the addition of a new facade and soaring roof and the elimination of a rear exterior wall.
The strong, orthogonal play of stone columns and horizontal banding does not attempt to compete with the classical order
; instead it generates its own irregular rhythm.
He has obviously been influenced too by the work on Andrea Palladio and Leon Battista Alberti by his former Bath colleague Robert Tavernor, and also by John Onians' seminal book: Bearers of Meaning: The Classical Orders
in Antiquity, the Middle Ages and the Renaissance.