Architectural taste does not evolve...

... but it can be improved, just like a taste for wine can be refined, or for baseball, or for anything else. It happens at the level of the individual, not the species. As architecture is for the most part straightforward and easy to understand, most people's architectural taste is already pretty decent. This is proved by the number of tourists that flock to Venice and to Paris and to Charleston but not to Columbus. But like anything, to rise to the level of a real amateur (lover), it takes hard work and a devotion bordering on obsession.

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Grecian Architecture in Charleston Lectures at the Charleston Library Society

We are excited to be giving a couple of lectures on Grecian Architecture in Charleston as part of a series along with local historian Peg Eastman. "Grecian," by the way, is what the people practicing what we now call "Greek Revival" called it at the time. (They also called it "Modern Architecture.") We prefer to call it what they called it - "revival" tends to suggest it was mere copying, which of course it wasn't. Learn more about the lecture series at the Society's website here.

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B&L to Give Lecture to Preservation Society of Charleston

We'll be giving a lecture at the next Preservation Society of Charleston's membership meeting on Thursday, May 13th at 7pm at the Charleston Museum. It's called, "An Architecture for Our Time and the Genius of Albert Simons." We hope you can make it. Find more information here.

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