Epicgram #22

I remember in my hometown in Aachen was the cathedral. This octagon was built by Charlemagne. In different centuries they did something different with it. Sometime in the Baroque they plastered the whole thing and made ornaments in it. When I was young they took the plaster out. Then they didn’t have the money to go further, so you saw the real stones. When I looked at the old building that had nothing on it, just fine brickwork or stonework - a building that was really clear and with really good craftsmanship - I would have given all the other things for one of these buildings.
— Mies van der Rohe

Photograph: Untitled (Gemeentemuseum, Den Haag, 2013)