Neoclassical Architecture in Greece Lecture

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The Chicago-Midwest Chapter of the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art, in participation with the Athens Committee of CSCI presents the lecture Neoclassical Architecture in Greece: Architecture and Urbanism in an Age of Political Turmoil and Economic Austerity on Tuesday, February 11 from 6-8:30 p.m. at the Richard H. Driehaus Museum.

Michael Lykoudis, The Francis and Kathleen Rooney Dean of the School of Architecture at the University of Notre Dame, will discuss how a new Greek national identity was created during the Nineteenth and early Twentieth Centuries with aspirations of modernity and prosperity in a period of great economic austerity and political turmoil. The architectural unity that evolved was a profound lesson in place-making for the world as a whole but especially for Greece, a new country whose citizens had just emerged from four centuries of cohabitation with the Ottoman Empire.

This unity was created by two forces: one top-down from the newly formed government of Greece that included a young king from Bavaria and a Danish, German, and French architectural entourage. They brought with them a reinvented neoclassical ideal to its birthplace. The other was bottom-up force made up mostly of builders and developers self-taught or trained in technical vocational schools. The result was the building of beautiful cities with an architectural and urban unity that redefine Greek culture and entry into the modern world.

Reception to follow the lecture.