The Classical Orders of Architecture

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The recent revival of interest in classical architecture needs to be matched by a high degree of literacy in the use of the orders if it is to be taken seriously. Presenting a modern interpretation of renaissance rules of proportion, the second edition of this successful title now includes both 100-part (metric) and 96-part (imperial) systems of proportioning the orders. These are underpinned by an essay, written by Calder Loth, on James Gibbs, 18th century architect and inventor of a new fractional system of ...
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The recent revival of interest in classical architecture needs to be matched by a high degree of literacy in the use of the orders if it is to be taken seriously. Presenting a modern interpretation of renaissance rules of proportion, the second edition of this successful title now includes both 100-part (metric) and 96-part (imperial) systems of proportioning the orders. These are underpinned by an essay, written by Calder Loth, on James Gibbs, 18th century architect and inventor of a new fractional system of proportions, and his influence on American classical architecture.

With the inclusion of additional plates the book provides a clear introduction and valuable guidance to assist architects and designers with the basic grammar of classical design.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780750616720
  • Publisher: Rizzoli
  • Publication date: 2/28/1996
  • Pages: 160

Table of Contents

Foreword
Preface to the Second Edition
Introduction
Historical Background
Plates 1-3 The Greek Orders: Doric, Ionic and Corinthian 29
Plate 4 Comparative Tuscan Orders 36
Plate 5 Comparative Doric Orders 39
Plate 6 Comparative Ionic Orders 42
Plate 7 Comparative Corinthian Orders 45
Plate 8 Comparative Composite Orders 48
The Orders in Detail
Plate 9 The Five Orders 53
Plate 10 The Tuscan Order 56
Plate 11 The Tuscan Capital and Entablature 58
Plate 12 The Tuscan Base and Pedestal 60
Plate 13 The Doric Order 62
Plate 14 The Doric Capital and Entablature I 64
Plate 15 The Doric Capital and Entablature II 67
Plate 16 The Doric Base and Pedestal 68
Plate 17 The Ionic Order 70
Plate 18 The Ionic Volute 72
Plate 19 The Ionic Capital and Entablature 74
Plate 20 The Ionic Capital I 76
Plate 21 The Ionic Capital II 79
Plate 22 The Ionic Base and Pedestal 80
Plate 23 The Corinthian Order 82
Plate 24 The Corinthian Capital and Entablature 84
Plate 25 The Corinthian Entablature 86
Plate 26 The Corinthian Capital 88
Plate 27 The Corinthian Base and Pedestal 90
Plate 28 The Composite Order 92
Plate 29 The Composite Capital and Entablature 94
Plate 30 The Composite Entablature 96
Plate 31 The Composite Capital 98
Plate 32 The Composite Base and Pedestal 100
Plate 33 Comparison of Mouldings 102
James Gibbs and the American Classical Tradition
Plate 34 James Gibbs, design for a round window, plate 110, A Book of Architecture (RIBA Library Photographs Collection) 105
Plate 35a James Gibbs, design for the west front of St Martin's in the Fields, plate 3, A Book of Architecture (RIBA Library Photographs Collection) 109
Plate 35b James Gibbs, design for a garden seat, Plate 82, A Book of Architecture (RIBA Library Photographs Collection) 111
Plate 35c Christ Church, Philadelphia (Historic American Buildings Survey) 111
Plate 35d St. Paul's Chapel, New York City (Historic American Buildings Survey) 111
Plate 36a First Congregational Church, Litchfield, Connecticut (Historic American Buildings Survey) 113
Plate 36b First Congregational Church, New Haven, Connecticut (Historic American Buildings Survey) 114
Plate 37a James Gibbs, design for a gentleman in Dorsetshire, plate 58, A Book of Architecture (RIBA Library Photographs Collection) 115
Plate 37b Mount Airy, Richmond County, Virginia (Historic American Buildings Survey) 115
Plate 38a Hammond-Harwood House, Annapolis, Maryland (Historic American Buildings Survey) 117
Plate 38b James Gibbs, designs for niches, plate 109, A Book of Architecture (RIBA Library Photographs Collection) 117
Plate 38c James Gibbs, design for a gentleman in Yorkshire, plate 63, A Book of Architecture (RIBA Library Photographs Collection) 118
Plate 38d John Hawks, design for Tryon Palace, New Bern, North Carolina (Courtesy of Tryon Palace Historic Sites and Gardens, North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources) 118
Plate 39a Elisha Sheldon House, Litchfield, Connecticut (Historic American Buildings Survey) 120
Plate 39b James Gibbs, draught made for a house for a Gentleman in 1720, plate 43, A Book of Architecture (RIBA Library Photographs Collection) 120
Plate 40a John Edwards House, Charleston, South Carolina (Historic American Buildings Survey) 122
Plate 40b James Gibbs, 'The Ionick Capital,' plate XIV, Rules for Drawing (RIBA Library Photographs Collection) 122
Plate 41a James Gibbs, design for a temple in the Doric order, plate 67, A Book of Architecture (RIBA Library Photographs Collection) 124
Plate 41b Monticello, Albemarle County, Virginia (Robert C. Lautman, Courtesy of The Thomas Jefferson Foundation) 124
Plate 42a James Gibbs, design for a house at Seacomb Park, plate 53, A Book of Architecture (RIBA Library Photographs Collection) 126
Plate 42b James Hoban, N. elevation, The White House, Washington, D.C. (Maryland Historical Society) 126
Plate 43a James Gibbs, design for a house to be built in Greenwich, plate 47, A Book of Architecture (RIBA Library Photographs Collection) 129
Plate 43b Whitemarsh Hall (destroyed), Wyndmoor, Pennsylvania (Pennsylvania State Archives) 129
Plate 44 Milburne, Richmond, Virginia (Calder Loth) 131
The 96-Part Orders
Plate 45 The Five Orders, After James Gibbs 137
Plate 46 The Tuscan Order 140
Plate 47 The Tuscan Capital and Entablature 142
Plate 48 The Tuscan Base and Pedestal 143
Plate 49 The Doric Order 144
Plate 50 The Doric Capital and Entablature 146
Plate 51 The Doric Base and pedestal 147
Plate 52 The Ionic Order 148
Plate 53 The Ionic Capital and Entablature 150
Plate 54 The Ionic Base and Pedestal 151
Plate 55 The Corinthian Order 152
Plate 56 The Corinthian Capital and Entablature 154
Plate 57 The Corinthian Base and Pedestal 155
Plate 58 The Composite Order 156
Plate 59 The Composite Capital and Entablature 158
Plate 60 The Composite Base and Pedestal 159
Plate 61 The Column: Diminution and Fluting 163
Plate 62 Intercolumniation I: Tuscan and Ionic 166
Plate 63 Intercolumniation II: Doric, Corinthian and Composite 168
Plate 64 Arches I: Without Pedestals 171
Plate 65 Arches II: With Pedestals 174
Plate 66 Arches III: Details 176
Plate 67 Balustrades 179
Plate 68 Superimposed Orders I and II 182
Plate 69 Superimposed Orders I and II 185
Plate 70 Attics and Basements I and II 186
Plate 71 Attics and Basements I and II 189
Plate 72 Rustication 190
Plate 73 Pediments 193
Plate 74 Doors and Windows I 196
Plate 75 Doors and Windows II 198
Plate 76 Mouldings and Their Enrichment 200
Plate 77 Characteristics of Classicism 203
Illustrated Glossary
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