This article deals with the work of the Austrian architect Hermann Czech. Czech gained fame throughout Europe in the 1970s with his delicate architectural reconversions of bars in Vienna and several public buildings, based on the strategy of continuation and convention instead of contrast. This article explores the connections between the themes of the Baroque and traces of it in the work of Czech. Amid a climate of reformation and avant-gardism, his critical and early postmodern position forms an important counterpart, pleading for subtlety, irony and undogmatic use of historical knowledge. Although Czech himself evades literal relations between the Baroque and his own work, his Vienna-based practice seems to be imbued with it.