Architectural Record Volume 8

Architectural Record Volume 8

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1899 edition. Excerpt: ...column, to the base and to the capital. This has been done in the Union Trust with success. But the bonding of the shaft itself is recognized in the column as a modern and corrupt interference with classic purity. In the Empire Building, this bonding has been attempted by means of stories intercalated at equal distances, framed in emphatic mouldings, and treated with some separateness, in what we may still call the shaft. The principal front of the Empire, the side, is, however, so fortunate in its extent, that its altitude is no longer th; principal dimension, and that the analogy of the column is not directly recalled. But even here it seems that the decorative top and the decorative base would be more effective, and the composition clearer, if the central mass had been treated with absolute uniformity. The most that can be said for the intercalated stories is that they do not much interfere with the monotony of the central mass. But they interfere enough, it seems to me, to indicate that the architect did not appreciate the high architectural value of the monotony, in conjunction with the more ornamental parts. Any difference in the treatment of the several stories not only is, but must appear, arbitrary and capricious. By this device, one story is made to differ from another story in importance, whereas it is not only true, but it is known to every believer that above the ground floor, or the ground floor and the first floor, the stories are all alike. In the Washington Life, it is true, it is the third story which is the quarters of the corporation that is the builder and owner of the edifice, and this fact is properly enough recognized in signalizing the story in question by a somewhat greater ornateness, which, however, by no means amounts...show more

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  • Paperback | 100 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 5mm | 195g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236519280
  • 9781236519283