Thomas Gordon Smith and the Rebirth of Classical Architecture

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Andreas Papadakis Publisher, 2001 - Architecture - 136 pages
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For the past two decades, Thomas Gordon Smith has played a central role in the revival of classicism in contemporary architecture in America. His conviction in the enduring relevance of this tradition to contemporary life has resulted in buildings which in terms of materials and function are just as much a product of the modern world as a high-tech office building; but in addition to admirably fulfilling the job for which they were intended, they also have the rare quality of engaging us intellectually.

This extensively illustrated monograph presents Thomas Gordon Smith's buildings and projects for the first time. A biographical essay explores the polymathic range of his other activities, including his influential role as an educator, commentator on Vitruvius, historian of the Greek Revival, painter of frescoes, and designer and collector of furniture.

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Richard has been a licensed civil engineer and practiced in that profession for many years. He specialized in the design of residential and commercial land development and also municipal wastewater facility design. In his late thirties, he chose to leave the engineering field for a quieter career. Turning aside the demands and rigor of regulations, deadlines, and revisions, he turned to founding a small day spa where his clients could relax and find a tranquil haven away from their hectic pace of normal daily life. Since his early teens, he has been uncompromisingly committed to understanding reality and the individual's place within it. He currently lives alone and spends his free time writing and reflecting. His blog may be found at

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