The order does not clearly define which buildings should be considered beautiful, stating that the new federal buildings should be of classical design, but not of that style. The order defines classical architecture as “derived from the forms, principles, and terminology of architecture of Greek and Roman antiquity”, and that “such styles as neoclassical, Georgian, federal, Greek revival, beaux-arts and Includes art form. Deco. ”
This applies to all federal courts, agency headquarters, DC public buildings and all other public buildings that cost more than $ 50 million.
Assuming that some of the founding fathers “attached great importance to federal civic architecture, how this order cries out in the 1950s and ’60s,” the federal government largely replaced traditional designs with new designs for new construction Replaced it. ”
“Federal architecture, inspected by the General Services Administration (GSA), was often unpopular with Americans,” the order stated. “New buildings were designed with undivided even GSA now accepts many of those found obsolete.”
The Executive Order also forms the President’s Council on the Improvement of Federal Civic Architecture. The Council is tasked with submitting a report to the GSA Administrator that recommends updates to GSA’s policies and procedures to include the new architecture guidelines.
The group’s CEO, Robert Ivy, said, “Communities should have the right and responsibility to decide among themselves what architectural design is best suited to their needs and we work with President-Elect Biden to ensure look forward for.” “Although we are remembered with the administration’s decision to move forward with the design mandate, we are pleased that this order is not in line with earlier consideration.”
“The development of official style should be avoided. Design must flow from the architectural profession to the government,” Moynihan wrote at the time, “and not vice versa.”
Trump’s order expelled established protocols – intended to “provide visible testimony to the dignity, enterprise, power and stability of the US government” – stating that “this goal has not been met.”
Trump has in the past voiced strong opinions on official buildings that make him look stylish or not.
“The 12-inch square marble tiles behind the speaker at the United Nations always haunt me,” he tweeted in 2012. “If they ask me, I will replace them with beautiful big marble slabs.”
Paul LeBlanc of CNN contributed to this report.