R.I. architects: Government shouldn’t dictate style

SHINING EXAMPLE: Dietrich Neumann, a professor of the history of modern architecture at Brown University, stands in front of the university’s Granoff Center for the Creative Arts, which he says is one of the best modern buildings in Providence. / PBN PHOTO/MIKE SKORSKI
SHINING EXAMPLE: Dietrich Neumann, a professor of the history of modern architecture at Brown University, stands in front of the university’s Granoff Center for the Creative Arts, which he says is one of the best modern buildings in Providence. / PBN PHOTO/MIKE SKORSKI
Classical design is found in public buildings across much of Rhode Island. The architectural style appears in the columns of courthouses and the rotundas of prominent buildings, such as the Statehouse. Is it more fundamentally beautiful than modern design? The answer is “no” for many architects who are not happy with a proposed executive order…

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