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  • The column height is equal to (10) diameters.

  • The column shaft is tapered and typically¬†fluted with (24) flutes, but it can also be plain / smooth.

  • Instead of ending at the top & bottom of the column shaft, the flutes are commonly rounded off.

  • The capital is similar in design to the Roman Corinthian capital, but it incorporates elements from the Ionic capital as well.¬† It¬†has two rows of acanthus leaves around the capital.¬† The uppermost (3rd level) section is essentially an Ionic capital, which showcases (8) volutes - diagonally situated - and supports a square abacus.

  • The Attic base is the correct base style to utilize, and it consists of (2) rings - an upper & lower (which is slightly larger than the upper) torus that is separated by a scotia (concave molding).¬† They rest on a square plinth.

  • The entablature consists of (3) sections (top to bottom):¬† the cornice, the¬†frieze, and the¬†architrave.¬† It is recognized as having elaborate ornamentation.

  • The cornice section of the entablature boasts elaborate embellishments, including intricate dentils, bracket-like details, and modillions.

  • The column is correlated to success, opulence, victory, luxury, and grandeur.

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  • Triumphal Arch of Septimius Severus¬†| ¬†(Rome, Italy)
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  • Thermae of Diocletian¬† | ¬†(Rome, Italy)
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  • Arch of Titus¬† | ¬†(Rome, Italy)
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  • Ospedale degli Innocenti¬† | ¬†(Florence, Italy)
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  • Palazzo del Capitaniato¬† | ¬†(Vicenza, Italy)
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  • Archbasilica of St. John Lateran¬† | ¬†(Rome, Italy)
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  • For buildings that represent a 'Victory' or 'Triumph.'

  • For exterior & interior applications of Libraries.

  • For large, imposing buildings.

  • Inside noteworthy museums.

  • On the uppermost level of a building or home. (i.e. If there are 3 levels to a building, then Composite Order columns would be featured on the third level).

  • For prestigious churches dedicated to the Virgin Mary or female saints.

  • The interiors of large homes as room separators.

  • As supports for an archway.

  • On the exterior of large residences that possess imposing architectural features.

  • On memorial buildings that have bold proportions.

  • For residences that have lavish and luxurious architectural characteristics.

  • For prestigious federal buildings.

  • For Governors' mansions.

  • For projects that reflect richness & grandeur.


Brandwein, Martin.¬† ‚ÄúCLASSICAL ARCHITECTURE:¬† A HANDBOOK OF THE TRADITION FOR TODAY.‚Ä̬† Institue of Classical Architecture & Art.¬† Web.¬† Oct.-Nov. 2017.

Onians, John.  Bearers of meaning:  The Classical Orders in Antiquity, the Middle Ages, and the Renaissance.  Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press, 1990.

Stratton, Arthur.  The orders of architecture, Greek, Roman and Renaissance, with selected examples of their application shown on 80 plates.  London:  Studio Editions, 1986.