Here’s a wall that satisfies all of my demands for a fine façade. Hats off to Michael Rouchell, the New Orleans architect who sent the picture of the Emek Theater, in Istanbul, to the TradArch list. He added a comment so exquisitely rococo that I can barely understand it, let alone comment on it myself. Actually, by looking at the inset detail of the photo, the context of the lingo emerges, with clarity in its wake. Micheal’s deployment of refined classical jargon represents the highest level of literary architecture porn.
What caught my eye is the small miniature Ionic columns and niche located between the volutes of the broken pediments at the second level [the lower level in the upper photo]. The architrave cap of the broken pediment juts out over the cartouche keystone to form a sort of pedestal for the miniature Ionic columns. A portion of the sill for the opening above becomes the corona and crown for the miniature Ionic’s entablature.
These are the kind of creative architectural devices that can be employed without compromising the overall beauty of the building. The average person would never catch such a detail, which allows the architect his/her creative freedom.