Greek Revival in Athens

I was in Athens, Georgia to deliver a lecture at the university when I came across The News Building, a work by  Allan Greenberg that I had previously seen only in photographs. Modern classicism is most commonly found in private residences, sometimes on campuses, but rarely in commercial buildings such as this one: a newspaper plant and offices. A large portico with exceptionally fat, unfluted Doric columns, marks the main entrance and leads to a two-storey lobby that is a remarkable exercise in polychromy; the colors are almost shocking. The precast concrete and brick building is 18 years-old. That is the advantage of a Greek Revival building, while it doesn’t look stylishly up-to-date, it ages well.

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