Sometimes the function of the building determined the style that would be chosen; for example,
architectural forms from India suggested luxury and escape from day-to-day cares, so they were used for
the Royal Pavilion in Brighton, the British royal family’s seaside resort. But a building’s function was not
always obvious from its architectural style; a ruined Gothic cathedral was built as a decoration for a park in
England in the eighteenth century, for example. Toward the end of the nineteenth century, architects
began to reject such superficial use of historical styles, although to some extent the practice never fully
disappeared, and we still see Gothic elements in new churches and classical elements in banks built in the
form of temples.
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