I think part of it is ratio. Classical styles tend to be very broad, and have lines that draw the eye to how wide they are. Gothic tend to be taller and have lines that draw the eye to heaven. There are other tricks as well, I'm sure, but those are the most obvious ones I've noted.but there is that sense of mass, of weight, which can at moments feel even oppressive.
Much of modern art can be explained in terms of being a money laundering and tax evasion scheme.
I think part of it is ratio. Classical styles tend to be very broad, and have lines that draw the eye to how wide they are. Gothic tend to be taller and have lines that draw the eye to heaven. There are other tricks as well, I'm sure, but those are the most obvious ones I've noted.
I think a common critique of the detail of the gothic, and later baroque and rococo styles, is that when not pulled off correctly the fractal nature can be dizzying. I think this criticism became something of a lazy stance by modernists though, perhaps thinking that fractal designs were unique to Europe.2) Detail.
I'm a fan of art deco and whatever this is called:
This is also due to the location these buildings tend to be built in. You seem to keep forgetting that a large part of architecture is just engineering and there are PRACTICAL reasons for these things.1) As you said, ratio. Classical buildings tend to be broad, which means they fill up the visual area, while Gothic buildings go upwards. This is important because human eyes are set horizontally, so if two buildings have same area, vertical one will leave field of vision much sooner than a horizontal one.
It also shows some traces of Neoclassical. Note the square pillars and the triangle structure on the entry.According to that list it'd probably be called "Cottage Style". It's a fairly common and inoffensive housing style that is popular with real-estate industries due to its resale-ability.From the Colonial homes on the East Coast to Mediterranean-inspired California beach homes, these are the house styles that built American neighborhoods.homebuyer.com
During the formation of the United States there were two major contributing factors to the architecture chosen by the nascent government: the popular style at the time trended towards being more classical in England (this is the Georgian period where they were trying to blend together staid English Baroque with clean Classical) the US just took it one step further and went full classical.This is probably why Neoclassical caught on in the US over some form of Neogothic though we have some quite impressive Neogothic Cathedrals, for instance:
What crap is this?The further reasons for this were that the US was in desperate need for mythology and cultural roots, they were claiming a heritage of Athenian democracy to conceal the link to their actual parliamentarian origins. There were similar justifications for other things as well, dollars and cents come from Spanish currency in order to snub the English, and myths about figures like Washington were to provide a constructed origin story for people to unify around.
Given that the Founding Fathers (I believe) often talked about pressing their birthright as Englishmen, and initially only sought further representation in Parliament, I reckon they still did take a surprising amount of inspiration from England’s ancient constitution. However, what makes America unique, is how they tried to fuse that with the Roman Res Publica with quite a bit of success in my opinion.
It’s a curious hybrid of Magna Carta and SPQR, but it ended up conquering the world so there’s a lot to be said for it.
Because up close, from a distance it looks like a lemon squeezerI guess I don't find it ugly. Actually looks somewhat inspired by classical architecture to me.