Had Paul Revere made another pass through Lexington, Mass., only this time in the 1940s, he might have issued a different warning as he galloped again past the familiar old saltboxes and Colonial houses still bordering its New England streets:
"The Modernists are coming! The Modernists are coming!"
But the Modernists, unlike the British, would not be turned back.
One of them was Walter Pierce, a Brooklyn-born architect whose suburban subdivision of spare but stylish split-level houses helped make the new aesthetic acceptable -- and affordable -- in the city where some of the first shots of the Revolutionary War were fired.