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"Victor Hugo said in Notre Dame that the printing-press destroyed architecture, which had hitherto been the stone record of mankind. This real misdemeanor of the printing press, however, was not that it took literary values away from architecture, but it caused architecture to derive its value from literature.... For the common run of architects, particularly in the northern countries, the Five Orders became as unchallengeable as the eighty-one rules of Latin syntax.... The Five Orders remained firmly entrenched on one side, the "lower orders" on the other.... Hereafter, architecture lives by the book."

Mumford, Lewis. The Brown Decades, 1865-1895. [Find at Amazon.]