The National Archives
"Looks like a barcode", commented a friend when he saw this image of the columns at the entrance of the National Archives building in Washington DC. It is a magnificent building, so well built and so well lit at night, that sometimes I look at it from afar and have a deja vu of being in Rome. True, the derivative Roman Empire architecture of Washington's civic buildings is not the best the city has to offer, but the National Archives are a proud example of derivative architecture that works. The lesson here is that sometimes you can imitate, copy, plagiarize even, and still have stature and dignity.