|The ancient center of Naples, Italy, laid out on a grid plan.|
|Springfield, Illinois, also laid out on a grid plan.|
And so then, following the grid plan, the buildings that must reinforce the democratic ideals developed by the Greeks and ahem, Romans, must follow:
|Temple of Athena at Paestum, Italy|
|Old Statehouse, Springfield, Illinois - right down to the drum columns!|
|Illinois State Capital|
And so, for almost a hundred years, this vocabulary works. It continues to work after WWI, and a bit after WWII, because while they're doing crazy things up in Chicago, it must have taken a while for such things to trickle down to Springfield - our guide at the Dana-Thomas House suggested Springfield was 15-20 years behind Chicago... And while I've had the International Style/High Modernism described to me as 'fascist' (perhaps mainly as a criticism of egomaniac architects like Le Courbousier and to an extent, FLW, who wanted everyone to use their buildings as they decided) and impersonal, to me it's quite the opposite. I've lived in pánelaks, and waxed poetic about it plenty.
To me, this bureaucratic building across the street from the Illinois State Capital sums it all up:
It's rather fitting that in the birthplace of Lincoln and the birthplace of a politics of hope, this is where we see this sort of urban planning in real life.