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1 Greek Architecture Influences America’s Architecture
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2 Contents What is Architecture? Architectural Terms Brief History
Architectural Influences Interactive page for the following topics. i. Doric Architecture Doric Architecture in America ii. Ionic Architecture Ionic Architecture in America iii.Corinthian Architecture Corinthian Architecture in America iv. Amphitheater Architecture in America v. Theaters vi. Arches vii. Monuments viii. Aqueducts ix. Bath Houses ** PowerPoint notes contain Web site notations. Return to Architectural Influences Next slide

3 What is Architecture? Architecture (Noun)
Is the art and science of designing buildings. The discipline dealing with the principles of design and construction and ornamentation of fine buildings; The profession of designing buildings and environments with consideration for their esthetic effect.

4 Architectural Terms cornice shaft triglyph metope architrave capital
Cornice is the set of crowning moldings that cap an entablature in Classical architecture. The Doric order is characterized by the series of triglyphs and metopes on the entablature. Each metope was occupied by a panel of relief sculpture. Architrave:The word is derived from the Greek word for main beam. Capital: The topmost element of the column, helps to transfer loads from beams to columns. Shaft: The long round section of a column between the base and the capital. cornice triglyph metope architrave capital flute shaft Doric Return Corinthian Return

5 Brief History Ancient Greece is considered by most historians to be the cultural foundation of Western Civilization. Greek culture was a powerful influence in the Roman Empire, which carried a version of it to many parts of Europe. Ancient Greek civilization has been immensely influential on the language, politics, educational systems, philosophy, art and architecture of the modern world. The Roman Empire's influence on government, law, and monumental architecture, as well as many other aspects of Western life remains visible today. Ancient Greece Western world

6 Architectural Influences (Select an area of interest and explore.)
Doric Column Ionic Column Corinthian Column Amphitheaters Arches Monuments Aqueducts Theaters Bath Houses

7 Doric Architecture The Doric style is rather sturdy and its top (the capital), is plain. The columns are fluted. This style was used in mainland Greece and the colonies in southern Italy and Sicily. Architecture in ancient Greece

8 Doric Architecture In Doric columns:
On the architrave, there are triglyphs and metopes. At the top of the columns, there's a capital made of a sort of small pillow in stone, and then a square block, under the architrave. The columns have no base, but just sit right on the floor.

9 Doric Architecture in America
Doric Columns used on the porch of a house. Justice Hall, New York City, New York

10 Ionic Architecture Maps The Ionic style is thinner and more elegant.
The capital is decorated with a scroll-like design (a volute). This style was found in eastern Greece and the islands Architecture in ancient Greece Maps

11 Ionic Architecture In Ionic columns:
At the top of the columns, there's a double curve in stone, under the architrave. They are still fluted, but they have more flutes than Doric columns. The columns have a small base to stand on, instead of sitting right on the floor.

12 Ionic Architecture in America
Garden Statuary, Stockbridge, MA  http://memory.loc.gov/cgi-bin/aladhome.html Chesterwood, garden statuary, Stockbridge, MA Residence Mason, Michigan

13 Corinthian Architecture
The Corinthian style is seldom used in the Greek world, but often seen on Roman temples. The capital is very elaborate and decorated with acanthus leaves Architecture in ancient Greece:

14 Corinthian Architecture
In Corinthian columns: On the architrave, as in Ionic temples, there is a continuous frieze where the triglyphs and metopes would be on a Doric temple. At the top of the columns, on the capital, there's a stone carving of acanthus leaves, under the architrave. The columns have a fancier base to stand on.

15 Corinthian Architecture in America
New York University, Hall of Fame Terrace, New York Duveen's Gallery, New York City, NY      http://memory.loc.gov/cgi-bin/aladhome.html Duveen's Gallery, exterior: perspective view, New York, NY Building/structure/site dates: 1915 New York University: library, exterior, New York University, Hall of Fame Terrace, New York, NY

16 Corinthian Architecture in America
Corinthian column used on outside portico (porch) of: State Of Michigan Capital Building. Blue Prints Drawing; 1865 State of Michigan Capital Building, Lansing, MI Completed in 1879 Photo copy: Catherine Ottarson,  

17 Corinthian Architecture in America
Photo copy: Catherine Ottarson, State of Michigan Capital Building, Lansing, MI

18 Corinthian Architecture in America
Photo copy: Catherine Ottarson, Under the pediment, looking upward at the coffered (decorative, sunken panel) ceiling, outside the Capital Building, Washington, D.C. Capital Building, Washington, D.C.

19 Amphitheaters Amphi- means "around" in Greek.
Amphi-theatres are "theatres in the round" The amphitheatre was the place where people went to see fights. These fights were between slaves, prisoners of war or criminals, and sometimes wild animals They were usually outdoor arenas where people watched sporting events and plays.

20 Amphitheaters in America
Michigan State University, Stadium Michigan State vs. Purdue Spartan Stadium Arlington, Virginia

21 Dodoni Ancient Greek Theater,
Theaters The theater was shaped with a half circle or orchestra space in front of the stage. The structure was built into a hillside and the wall behind the stage structure was relatively low. To solve the problem of lighting and sound - the theaters were outdoors. Dodoni was a vital center from about 2000 BC and flourished well into the Roman times. GREEKLANDSCAPES.com Dodoni was a special place in ancient Greece and it remains special to this date. Dodoni Ancient Greek Theater, Northwest Greece

22 Greek Theater Formation
Orchestra: The orchestra (literally, "dancing space") was normally circular. Theatron: The theatron (literally, "viewing-place") is where the spectators sat. Skene: The skene (literally, "tent") was the building directly behind the stage. Parodos: The parodoi (literally, "passageways") are the paths by which the chorus and some actors made their entrances and exits. Ancient Greek Theater

23 Theaters - American Boston Pops, Massachusetts
Boston Pops, Massachusetts

24 The Arch of Constantine; background right, the Colosseum.
Arches An arch is a curved structure capable of spanning a space while supporting significant weight. The arch was developed in Ancient Greece and later refined in Ancient Rome. Arches were used by for underground structures such as drains and vaults. The ancient Romans were the first to use them widely above ground. The Arch of Constantine; background right, the Colosseum.

25 Public Library, interior Union Station, interior
Arches in America Public Library, interior 1897 New York  http://memory.loc.gov/cgi-bin/aladhome.html Union Station, interior, Massachusettes and Louisiana Avenues, N. E., Washington, DC - Building/structure/site dates: 1908; 1988 restoration 1897 to Building Type: public library Union Station, interior 1908 Washington, DC

26 Monument Arch of Constantine 315 A.D.
Roman monuments were constructed using the arch and had the details carved into them. The arch was usually very big and was a prominent feature of the skyline of the town in which it was located. Arch of Constantine 315 A.D.

27 General Grant National Memorial, New York, 1897
Monuments in America    General Grant National Memorial, New York, 1897 Courtesy of the Frances Loeb Library, Graduate School of Design, Harvard University Grant's Tomb, exterior: perspective views, Riverside Dr. at W. 122nd St., New York, NY Building/structure/site dates: 1897 Plymouth Rock, view of canopy over rock, Plymouth, MA Plymouth Rock, Canopy over rock, Plymouth, MA

28 Aqueducts Pont Du Gard, photo Pont Du Gard
Aqueducts provided water for people in a town or village. The Greek had underground canals and galleries, hewn out of the rock to lead the water to dry pastures. The Romans were the first to construct aqueducts the way we know them: --a line of arches joined together, with a channel on the top to carry water. The Romans did not built aqueducts in Italy only, but also in Germany, France, Spain, and Turkey. Pont Du Gard, photo Pont Du Gard

29 Aqueduct Technology Aqueduct Technology Diagram Closed pipes were occasionally used to cross valleys by the "inverted syphon" method. The pressure forced the water down and up again on the other side, to a level slightly lower than before.

30 Provide clean water to the growing city.
Aqueducts in America Croton Aqueduct, New York City, NY, 1842 Provide clean water to the growing city. Courtesy of the Frances Loeb Library, Graduate School of Design, Harvard University Cabin John Bridge, View of aqueduct, Washington Aqueduct, Washington, DC Croton Aqueduct was a large, complicated water works that was engineered between 1837 and to provide New York City Cabin John Bridge, Washington Aqueduct, Washington, DC, 1852

31 Bath Houses Aqueducts provided the water to the public baths.
Heated and cooled baths. Dirty water was replaced with clean water. Exercise and message rooms were available.

32 Bath House - Heating The system the Romans had for maintaining their baths. In the cold and hot areas, the water temperature was actually regulated by the use of underground fire furnaces.

33 Baths Houses in America
Bath houses – Spas provide: Skin Care Mud Baths Salt Scrubs Body Wraps Herbal Baths Mineral Baths Aromatherapy Exercise room Facial Treatment Message Therapy Photo:

34 Summary Greeks and Romans influenced the worlds architecture.
Notice the similarities of the architecture between the continents. Arches – developing strong support for Bridges Monuments - honoring Health Spas / Bath Houses Buildings - National, Offices, Houses, Aqueducts – bringing water to areas in need Travel East, across the Atlantic Ocean and visit Rome, Italy. What similarities did you notice?


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