Saturday, June 10, 2006

New Shrine Going Up or Why You Should Hire a Trained Classicist

Driving south in Indiana from Hammond to Evansville on Route 41 I ran across this little stone temple being built very close to a shrine of Our Lady. The inscription reads "Innocens ego sum a sanguine justi huius," the words of Pilate: "I am innocent of the blood of this just man." My first thought was that it was a memorial to those killed my abortion, but it seemed like an odd inscription. Does anyone know what this little building will be?

The building also serves as a good lesson why someone who wants to build a classical building should hire someone who knows what they're doing when using the classical vocabulary. Even though the intentions appear to be good, it is evident that the designer had little to no idea how to put columns and entablature together. The seams on the capital (!) line up with seams on the entablature. Also, the columns, which are too thin and spaced incorrectly, are missing their abaci, and its placement inside the edge of the entablautre is not right. The molding profiles are imagined rather than canonical and others are missing. The building is being built of real quarried stone, but its being squandered by an architect who is trying hard, but doesn't know how to do it correctly. If you're doing classical, hire a trained classicist!

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