The Beautiful Home

The Beautiful Home

In 1988 I began a seven-volume treatise on American domestic architecture because I intended not to draw plumbing plans in a desk at the office of some fashionable Modernist.  As it happened, 1988 was a year when we Classives were beginning to discover one another, though not yet to know one another.  Here and there we founded schools because Progressives had eject us from their schools (the major universities and signature colleges); we founded journals and magazines, because legacy academicians and commercial editors refused us audience; we founded Classive societies because Progressive societies denied us membership; we worked alone and isolated like monks true to the faith, tradition, and Classive beauty.

Around this time, we Classives formed architecture programs, such as T.G. Smith’s classical program at Notre Dame University; Classive art schools, such as Aviano’s academy, the Water Street Atelier, and the New York Academy of Art (now suffering the Progressive infection); Classive societies, such as The Institute of Classical Architecture, the National Civic Art SocietyThe Society of Classical Poets; classical galleries and exhibitions, The Classical Gallery (among the galleries I formed), John Pence Gallery, the Art Renewal Center; and journals, The Formalist, The Pennsylvania Review, and informal Classive groups, Expansive Poets, the New Formalists, and conferences such as the West Chester Poetry Conference, and events such as the Derriere Garde, the “rear guard”, then at the forefront of Classive Renew

 

The Beautiful Home, Williamsburg
The Beautiful Home, Colonial Williamsburg. credit: M. Curtis

 

In time, leaders emerged and each discipline (pictuary, verse, statuary, civic art, et cetera) coalesced around some person or persons excellent in craft, art, organization, intellect, or of all four in one.  These leaders tended to amend Progressive histories of literature, art, architecture, and music with Classive truths, reasoned corrections to the Progressive, Marxist narrative.  These leaders tended to edit the great range of production so that best examples of renewed Classive art could serve as models of emulation.  From edits and amendments there arose treatises, thick books, as-thick-as three inches, sometimes a canon, sometimes a testament, always fruitful, if sometimes daunting.

I have been fortunate to live in a time of chastisement, a time when the Progressive has distilled Classive virtue to its essential core, and I have been blessed to participate in the founding and sustaining of societies and civic ventures, and I have been fortunate to meet, to know, to call “friend” the founders, leaders, exemplars of this Classive Renewal.  I have been engaged in the battle against Progressives (the Modernists) for 50 years exact, from the moment when at 17 years of age I was smacked by Progressives at art schools, mocked by professors and administrators who offered to crush me and prevent me because in sincerity I served goodness and truth, beautifully.

 

Beautiful Home, M. Curtis
The Beautiful Home, Jeffersonian, The Rivanna, Front Elevation. M. Curtis, des.

 

These days I smile when hearing some academician boast of opposing the Woke for five or even ten years, I sigh when hearing some claim of special knowledge because early in the recognition curve.  Yes, God love the thought-leaders of social media and popular culture.  We need them.  We should not criticize their youth and inexperience (even when in their 50s) … converts are sometimes the most devout, the most loyal to scripture, and because surprised, the most approachable and sympathetic.

Yes, well then, The Beautiful Home will not be seven volumes totaling twenty-one inches … though if I had two more lifetimes of making verse epics, statues, monuments, histories and the rest, well, maybe I could complete the full seven-volume treatise.  For now, there will be a smart little volume dilating on some few, essential American domestic architectural styles, styles that might represent all styles and eras of the American home.  And then, there is the program in pilot, “Home: A History” for which we filmed episodes, vignettes, interviews, house tours.  And yes, Covid, the collapse of television, theatre and the entertainment industry caused us to extract the interviews and employ what we could in support of The Beautiful Home.

 

The Beautiful Home, Storybook
The Beautiful Home, Storybook Tudor, Brighton, Michigan. credit: M. Curtis

 

So here we are at The Beautiful Home ezine, a place where Americans come to learn where they and their home fit into our national epic, the story of US.  As you know, The Beautiful Home ezine offers a history of houses styles, biographies of Classive architects past and present, house plans from pre-railroad to post-digital, each and every house style updated to encourage a well ordered Classive life in this disordered Progressive world.

The Beautiful Home book incorporates much that is found in this ezine yet adds organization to the whole to present a revised, true, accurate account of American history, a history evidenced by the houses we build and by the homes we choose to make.

 

Beautiful Home, Gothic, M. Curtis
The Beautiful Home, Gothic Revival. M. Curtis, des.

 

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The Beautiful Home

 

One of nine books nearing completion, The Beautiful Home book is not included in the bi-monthly book-release schedule (2024–2026).

Beautiful Home Book
The Beautiful Home book cover. M. Curtis, des.

To learn more of The Beautiful Home you might visit The Beautiful Home ezine, a reference guide for homebuyers and home lovers that offers advice on design and style, that gives a true, accurate account of American history as evidenced by the houses we build and the homes we choose to make.  The Beautiful Home ezine offers a house plans section for those interested in building a house, and there are sections of history, architects, architecture, beautiful living, and more in the 17 editions (to date) of The Beautiful Home ezine.

Another of my sites, The Classical Artist, considers architecture and the allied arts, and features my statuary, pictuary, buildings, memorials, medals, et cetera.  Of particular interest, America 250: Heroes, Myths & Legends, cameos, medallions, statuettes, and a book celebrating our upcoming (2026) Semiquincentennial, America’s 250th Anniversary.

This site and those sites are just now being updated to link to my personal site, MichaelJCurtis.com, where you can learn of my appearances, tours, articles, etc.

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THE STUDIO BOOKS

THE BEAUTIFUL HOME

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