The Architecture Puzzler
Created by Dave Guadagni
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Architecture Puzzler #552
Although "caryatid" sounds like a species of shellfish, it is a special form of column used to support the corners of some ancient buildings, such as the Erechtheum. How would you describe these columns? By the way, where is the Erechtheum?
Caryatids are sculpted female figures used as columns to support an entablature or similar member. A sculpted male figure is called an atlas (plural: atlantes). The Erechtheum (421-406 BCE), also known as the Erectheion, is on the Acropolis in Athens.
Dave Guadagni, AIA, is an architect with Robertson/Sherwood/Architects
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These Corinthian column capitals at the U.S. Capitol, designed by Benjamin Henry Latrobe, are modeled after tobacco leaves.
Photo: Architect of the Capitol