The box the Water­gate came in

The Washington Post Sunday - - SUNDAY OPINION -

Is not the Kennedy Cen­ter ugly enough with­out an ad­di­tion to em­pha­size that it could be worse [“Kennedy Cen­ter raises sights with ex­pan­sion,” front page, Jan. 30]?

Mod­ernism, bru­tal­ism and con­tem­po­rary ar­chi­tec­ture were wild ex­per­i­ments that failed mis­er­ably, as ev­i­denced by re­cent de­ci­sions to de­mol­ish what were deemed mas­ter­pieces from the 1960s and 1970s. Still stand­ing are dozens of gor­geous — and pop­u­lar — clas­si­cal build­ings around Washington.

Cer­tainly a firm that would de­sign tra­di­tional-look­ing pavil­ions and stages can be found. Or is this des­tined to be an­other Third Church of Christ, Sci­en­tist de­ba­cle that, worse, is also vis­i­ble from Vir­ginia?

Ken­neth J. Wolfe, Alexan­dria

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