The Architecture Puzzler
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Architecture Puzzler #151
One of the great monuments of the Renaissance, this beautiful dome was raised — without centering — over the east end of a Gothic cathedral. What was the building, who was the architect, and during which century was it built?
The dome of the Florence Cathedral was designed by Filippo Brunelleschi to be raised with out centering. Centering is the temporary structure for supporting dome-construction materials until they become self-supporting. The Florence Cathedral dome's construction began in 1420 and took about 16 years. By the way, Brunelleschi was a goldsmith by training and versatile in many crafts.
Dave Guadagni, AIA, is an architect with Robertson/Sherwood/Architects
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St. Paul's Cathedral in London, designed by Sir Christopher Wren, came later.