"They don't build 'em like they used to." Of course that's not true, people build things in whatever way their patron pays them to. 'They' could easily 'build 'em like they used to' if it was in the budget and requested. It's usually not, though. The opulent mansions of yesterday have given way to the skyrise apartment complexes of today, and I wonder if the change was for our benefit or not. Has man's spacial needs changed, or is it being ignored to cut costs and pack more people into a smaller space?
Of course there are many books and studies on the subject, the answer to those questions is out there for all to see, if one cares to look.
The structure in the image above isn't that old, but I have always loved the ominous look of those pillars.