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Trump executive order seeks to define beautiful architecture — and, in Washington, D.C., to insist on it


President Donald Trump signed an executive order on Monday decreeing that only classical styles be employed in the architecture of federal buildings in the nation’s capital.

“New Federal building designs should, like America’s beloved landmark buildings, uplift and beautify public spaces, inspire the human spirit, ennoble the United States, command respect from the general public, and, as appropriate, respect the architectural heritage of a region,” the executive order entitled Promoting Beautiful Federal Civil Architecture says.  

“They should also be visibly identifiable as civic buildings and should be selected with input from the local…


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