Americans overwhelmingly prefer traditional arch. for federal buildings: Poll

October 16, 2020

According to a new poll of over 2000 U.S. adults conducted by The Harris Poll on behalf of the non-profit organization National Civic Art Society (NCAS), 72 percent of Americans want traditional, classical styles for U.S. federal buildings. Photo © BigStockPhoto.com[1]
According to a new poll of over 2000 U.S. adults conducted by The Harris Poll on behalf of the non-profit organization National Civic Art Society (NCAS), 72 percent of Americans want traditional, classical styles for U.S. federal buildings.
Photo © BigStockPhoto.com

Nearly three-quarter of Americans (72 percent) prefer traditional architecture for U.S. courthouses and federal office buildings, according to a new poll[2].

The Harris Poll[3] surveyed over 2000 adults on behalf of the nonprofit National Civic Art Society[4] (NCAS).

These findings come after controversy engulfed[5] a draft version of a Trump administration executive order[6] that would re-orient federal architecture in a traditional direction, including requiring new office buildings in Washington, D.C., be classical in design. Despite proposed legislation[7]—entitled the “Democracy in Design Act” —in the House of Representatives to overturn this anticipated order, this poll shows large bipartisan majorities support the order’s intent.

According to the poll’s results:

“At a time when Americans are deeply divided across so many areas, it is heartening to see the vast majority of us can at least agree on federal architecture,” said Justin Shubow, NCAS president. “Americans have long cherished classical and traditional architecture for their federal buildings both for their beauty and because they are widely accepted symbols of our democracy. Such dignified buildings connect us to our heritage and are associated with continuity, equality, openness, and precedent. They are courthouses that look like courthouses, and public buildings that look public. The design of federal buildings should reflect the aesthetic and symbolic preferences of the people they are built to serve. Nonetheless, for over 60 years, architectural elites, Modernist mandarins, and a coterie of critics have foisted their antithetical preferences on federal design.”

Endnotes:
  1. [Image]: https://www.constructionspecifier.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/Opener-8.jpg
  2. new poll: https://www.civicart.org/americans-preferred-architecture-for-federal-buildings
  3. The Harris Poll: https://theharrispoll.com/
  4. National Civic Art Society: https://www.civicart.org/
  5. controversy engulfed: https://www.constructionspecifier.com/aia-staunchly-opposes-trumps-plan-to-impose-classical-architecture-on-federal-buildings/
  6. Trump administration executive order: https://www.npr.org/2020/02/13/805256707/just-plain-ugly-proposed-executive-order-takes-aim-at-modern-architecture
  7. legislation: https://www.congress.gov/bill/116th-congress/house-bill/7604?r=8&s=1

Source URL: https://www.constructionspecifier.com/americans-overwhelmingly-prefer-traditional-arch-for-federal-buildings-poll/