“Living Heritage: Roman Architecture in Today’s America, A“


“Living Heritage: Roman Architecture in Today’s America, A“
   Essay (12,760 words); written in December 1934; unpublished in this form.
   The essay was written at the request of Maurice W.Moe, who asked HPL to write an essay of his choice for an amateur magazine being produced by his students. HPL wrote a rather routine account of traces of Roman architectural principles in American cities (much of it based upon first-hand observation of sites in New York City and elsewhere). HPL sent Moe the essay without typing it; he later thought Moe had lost the manuscript (the student magazine never materialized). The essay, however, survives in AHT. HPL apparently retained the prefatory section of the essay, which appeared as “Heritage or Modernism: Common Sense in Art Forms” in the Californian(Summer 1935). This article lambastes modern art and architecture for being consciously theoretical and too radically divergent from the artistic traditions of the past.

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