“God is in the details.” Ludwig Mies van der Rohe’s statement never impressed me as much as it did during a recent visit to the newly restored Tugendhat House in Brno in the Czech Republic. The fetishistic detail to every door knob, light switch, lever to open, and close shutters or clerestory windows—and even the hinges—now shine through in a restoration that makes the house, for better or worse, look as clean and new as when the owners first occupied it in 1930.

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