Tuscan Order: Classical Orders of Architecture - Brockwell Incorporated

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  • The column height is equal to (7) diameters.

  • The column shaft is usually un-fluted (plain/smooth).

  • Very simple entablature – no ornamentation, no triglyphs, no guttae.

  • The capital consists of a square abacus and a rounded echinus, below.

  • The base consists of a square plinth and a rounded torus, above.

  • Described by Italian architect, Sebastiano Serlio, as "the solidest and least ornate" of the five orders.

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  • Colonnades at St. Peter's Square |  (Rome)
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  • Temple of Jupiter Optimus Maximus  |  (Rome)
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  • Lower level of the Colosseum  |  (Rome)
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  • St. Paul's Church  |  (Covent Garden, London)
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  • Christ Church, Spitafields  |  (London)
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  • Temple of Piety  |  (Yorkshire)
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  • For doorways and entrances where only one pair of columns is needed.

  • Porches (linear or wrap-around).

  • The lowest story of a building.

  • The façade of a Bank building.

  • For colonnades, walkways, and pergolas.

  • As interior room dividers – instead of walls.

  • For more simple-style homes / buildings where a sense of robustness is preferred.


Brandwein, Martin.  “CLASSICAL ARCHITECTURE:  A HANDBOOK OF THE TRADITION FOR TODAY.”  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.