Flight of Fancy: The Banishment and Return of Ornament (New York: St. Martin's Press, 1985).


"An important book... beyond reasonable doubt, Brolin acquits ornament of any and all charges that have ever been leveled against it. With breathtaking and impeccable scholarship, he argues among other things, that the modernists themselves committed the heresy. They only disguised the natural human lust for ornament in various ways. 'Flight of Fancy' explodes a tenacious myth that has stunted twentieth-century architectural creativity. As I read the book with mounting excitement, I realized that Brolin has at last provided a sound philosophical foundation for the new architecture we all need and want. Brolin builds this foundation on his brilliant and influential previous books, The Failure of Modem Architecture and Architecture in Context. They shape our vague dissatisfactions with what is being built these days into clear, constructive thought—the kind of logical and historically literate thought that is the essential basis of good design."

Wolf Von Eckardt
Former architecture critic
The Washington Post

"This book is a tour, after the battle, of the wrecked ideals of the modem movement in architecture, asking what went wrong and why, what can be saved, where to turn next. It's a timely, vivid summary of what everyone is beginning to think. The illustrations are especially poignant."

Robert Campbell
The Boston Globe