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A collection of Traditional Building's popular blogs and opinion-pieces from top professionals in the fields of architecture, restoration, the trades, historic buildings, and more.
Building Technology Heritage Library: Architectural Sheet Metal
Ornamental metals were used in several forms, but stamped sheet metal was a popular material for architectural exteriors and interiors from the 1870s through the 1920s.
The 2021 Acanthus Awards
Winners of the 2021 Acanthus Awards were announced at a ceremony hosted by the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art, Chicago-Midwest Chapter recently. There were nine awards given for excellence in classical design plus nine more recipients of the Chapter’s “Special Awards.”
Classicism Celebrated with John Russell Pope Awards
Introducing the 2021 John Russell Pope Awards.
Building Technology Heritage Library: Builders’ Hardware
The Building Technology Heritage Library is an open a door to Hardware History.
Buildings in our Form and Figure
Individuals flourish when they contribute to the civil order that seeks a common good, and traditional and classical architecture is necessary to make an urbanism that serves such a civil order. It is, however, being undermined by an architectural profession that has no interest in the common good or its counterpart, the beautiful.
The State of Things June 2021
In the residential housing market, we have strong demand, weak supply, and chaotic work schedules due to the improvisations required by COVID-19 and supply chain disruption. How do you explain to a client that their new sofa cushions are on backorder due to the oil refinery hackers?
Traditional Architecture and Architecture's Historians
Traditional architecture uses imitation and invention to provide beauty as a complement to the general, public welfare, but the current history of architecture undermines that service.
A New Reality
Virtual trade shows, conferences and online education are a new reality for old-time traditionalists in the traditional building practice. Most of us prefer the engagement and intimacy of in-person events but I haven’t been to one in over a year. Like the school kids attending virtual classes, our on-screen attention spans are getting short. Screen fatigue is a new occupational hazard.
Beauty, Traditional Architecture, and Unity
President Trump set out an Executive Order that calls for a Commission to suggest guidelines for restoring the beauty of traditional classicism in new federal buildings. A nonpartisan issue, President Biden should execute it immediately.