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COLUMBUS, Ind. — When architect Kevin Roche designed the Columbus Post Office in the late 1960s, federal buildings typically were built in the neoclassical style, with features such as the Roman basilica of the U.S. Capitol building or the Greek columns of the White House.
The neoclassical style gives buildings a monumentality, which symbolizes the federal government’s brawn, and, with its allusions to Greek democracy and Roman law, projects integrity, said Columbus architect Louis Joyner.
But the traditional style of federal buildings posed a challenge for Roche, a proponent of modern architecture, which stands in diametrical opposition to neoclassical architecture, which draws inspiration from the past.
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