April Fools

Slideshow: Five Federal Buildings Evoke the Classics

The feds have announced the first projects completed under proposed new guidelines.

April 1, 2020

The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) has unveiled the first five projects completed under its new Classical Architecture Standards. Developed by GSA in response to an anticipated executive order from President Trump, these guidelines could eventually apply to all new federal buildings as well as major retrofits. Among other features, the standards would require buildings to include exterior columns, hand-carved ornamentation, and crumbling structural elements.

Slideshow - Five Federal Buildings Evoke the Classics (click to launch)

A stunning amphitheater of carved limestone and other materials, the Five Branches Intramural Martial Facility is designed to host live martial competitions among five branches of the U.S. military (Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, and Space Force). With a seating capacity of 50,000, the building features an under-floor network of tunnels, along with cages designed to house warriors before they enter the arena. The open-air design allows the Air Force and Space Force to compete from above.

Photo: David Iliff. License: CC BY-SA 3.0.

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April 1, 2020 - 1:47 pm

Very clever joke for the day!  The Parthenon gave me pause, and then the last 2 clinched it!

April 1, 2020 - 1:51 pm

Glad you enjoyed it. :-)

April 1, 2020 - 2:08 pm

You never disappoint on April 1st!  Well done (again)!  Thanks for providing a laugh to all of us.

April 1, 2020 - 2:36 pm

So glad to bring a smile.