TB: Ode to a Tuscan column

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 Tuscan entablature envisioned as ceiling molding. (proremodeler.com)

Here is February’s post for my blog at Traditional Building, titled “Ode to a Tuscan column.” It chews on some erudite – some might say persnickety – conversation about how to transform the entablature of a Tuscan column into the molding for a traditional ceiling. But if such small differences about detail determine the work’s success or failure, what about that space between error and experimentation in carrying out the classical canon? It all adds up to a rumination on whether “bad trad” is really the worst enemy of the classical revival. Read it!

About David Brussat

This blog was begun in 2009 as a feature of the Providence Journal, where I was on the editorial board and wrote a weekly column of architecture criticism for three decades. Architecture Here and There fights the style wars for classical architecture and against modern architecture, no holds barred. History Press asked me to write and in August 2017 published my first book, "Lost Providence." I am now writing my second book. My freelance writing on architecture and other topics addresses issues of design and culture locally and globally. I am a member of the board of the New England chapter of the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art, which bestowed an Arthur Ross Award on me in 2002. I work from Providence, R.I., where I live with my wife Victoria, my son Billy and our cat Gato. If you would like to employ my writing and editing to improve your work, please email me at my consultancy, dbrussat@gmail.com, or call 401.351.0457. Testimonial: "Your work is so wonderful - you now enter my mind and write what I would have written." - Nikos Salingaros, mathematician at the University of Texas, architectural theorist and author of many books.
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4 Responses to TB: Ode to a Tuscan column

  1. I do not even know the way I stopped up here, however I assumed this post used to
    be great. I do not know who you are but certainly you are going to a well-known blogger in the event
    you aren’t already. Cheers!


  2. How true, William! What rankles those who are deeply immersed in design issues does not rankle the far more plentiful crowds who are not so incumbered. We need people who are thus immersed, but they must recall that it is for those who are not so immersed – the public – that they should primarily design. Despite its many flaws, Providence Place is far superior to Emerald Square, and while the public might not be able to say why, they certainly do feel it. Thanks so much for your comment!


  3. William S. Kling says:

    Hi David, thanks for the link to Trad. Bldg. Your conclusion is so true. Greek Revival would probably offend the ancients, Providence Place is infinitely preferable to Emerald Square, as is the Charles St. Home Depot to their standard store. And there’s a reason why we call it Richardsonian Romanesque.


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