This document announces that the classical style in architecture is the “preferred and default style” by the Administration. It also specifies that buildings to be designed this way include of all federal courthouses and agency headquarters, all federal public buildings in Washington, D.C. and the surrounding area, and all federal public buildings that their construction cost more than $50 mm. The Order would apply to the design of all new buildings, as well as to renovations and expansions of existing buildings.
That ridiculous document, I read, was drafted by the National Civic Art Society, a conservative nonprofit organization that promotes classical architecture. Its mission, as stated in its website is to carry 'essential work in restoring republican dignity and democratic purpose to public architecture and design in America.' The Order continues to state that civic buildings constructed since 1962 are 'undistinguished… uninspiring … and even just plain ugly.' Hard to believe that we are in 2020.