By dividing the book into two chapters — The Essays and The Projects — and enlisting the support of many influential scholars, craftsmen and architects, we are able to read, observe, and understand, the pivotal role that each plays in contemporary classical design.
Excerpts from The Art of Classical Details
"Architects as varied as Soane and Lutyens adhered to the classical discipline of Vitruvius, while creating uniquely personal classical buildings, as do the architects of today whose work is illustrated in this book."
— David Watkin
"From the beaux-arts to modern-day classicism, we again see fluidly classical details elevate the tone of the design."
— Peter Pennoyer
"Over the last 30 years there have been a steadily growing number of architects who are returning to traditional and classical principles."
— Quinlan Terry
"The well-judged employment of classical detail in a new home has an additional significance that cannot be underestimated. It is an expression of an informed personal choice and an evocation of the delight in the human senses. This is true of all the houses featured in this book."
— Jeremy Musson
"Phillip has succeeded in assembling a strong field of contributors to this excellent new book. The essays - each from a noted specialist in their respective field - provide collectively fascinating insight both into the current state of the crafts and the current generation of practitioners."
— Hugh Petter