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  • 1 Post-Modern

    Post-modern architecture was a reaction against modernism, especially the International style. Post-modernism draws on a number of traditions but without strict adherence to any canon. Ornamental elements reference past architectural styles but often in an abstract way. The style can be humorous and, at times, whimsical. Leading proponents of the style are Michael Graves, Robert Venturi, Hans Hollein, Robert Stern, Charles Moore and (former International modernist) Philip Johnson. While the roots of post-modernism can be found in the mid 1960s, Post-modernism did not come into wide use and acceptance until the 1980s. This period coincided with a decline in attendance among many of the more established religions in Ontario, while some of the more recently arrived faith groups underwent a period of growth. Therefore, Post-modern architecture is more commonly observed in the buildings erected by Christian (Eastern) Orthodox, Evangelical Christians as well as non-Christian faiths. On established sites, major additions to the places of worship, new halls, residences and schools are commonly executed in a Post-modern style.

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