Art: Conservative Moderns

For some 25 years, critics have approved "modern" houses designed as efficient "machines for living"—but most home-buyers have not. Manhattan's Museum of Modern Art lists only 149 acceptably "modern" houses in all the northeastern states.

Last week a layman undertook to tell architects what is wrong. His diagnosis: modern architects are actually too conservative in their insistence on functionalism at any cost. The layman, Russell Lynes, one of the editors of Harper's magazine (and a former art student) believes that most Americans will continue to prefer traditional houses to the barefaced, wide-windowed, functional...

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