There are numbers of architects who can reproduce the beauties of antiquity … but where is the one who … can produce a work answering its purpose, and suitable to place and period, in the same manner and with the same freedom as did the architects of old when they produced the works which are still the marvel of the world ?
These architects were familiar with the alphabet and grammar of Architecture. Ours of today, ignorant of the first principles …, glue them together and imagine they have made a whole. In fact, our buildings are but mere odds and ends brought together … generally without care. At the best, this is not architecture; at the worst, it is charlatanism.
Edward Welby Pugin (1834-1875): Letter in The Times, 19 Decembrie 1871