Benjamin, Asher, 1773-1845. / The American builder's companion; or, A new system of architecture: particularly adapted to the present style of building in the United States of America
General observations on placing of columns, pp. 19-20 ff.
ms $A~mcAN :UIL CO?4PA - f : GEINERAL OBSERVATIONS ON PLAC ING G0sF C O L U M-NIS.. COLUMNS when well disposed of are very ornamental, and, in some cases, of real use; but care ought to be taken, that they be properly placed in such 4situations as they will appear to advantage, and in such numbers, and of such size, as will best suit the building on which they are placd. A singie column cannot be ornamental any where; nor can much be expected from one being placed at each corner of a building; nor a great deal from one at each corner of a portico, although it is often done, and is sometime. suffi. cient. Columns when placed within one, or one and a half diameter of each other, maybe made smaller than if placed singly. They never ought to be placed at equal distances from each other, if it can be avoided; nor nearer to each other than one half of their diameter. When more than two are wanted, the largest opening ought to be left in the centre; if more than four are wanted, place two of them about one diameter from each other, at each angle of -the portio at building on which they are placed. When placed in front of a building, they ought to stand in front of the piers, and never before windows or -door. When they are placed -one over another, they ought to be exactly so, and the lightest on the top, as the stoutest is best calculated for support Where one: eAnmv~n i:n&-L ; i £71_1 i_ Lt xt LB 0 'PU LUs LUV 01 antU Ir, tue diamete, at the nase a1 colum, ought to be fom the diameter of the neck of the Columns for the support of alleria in churches, should benno Liu cery-to s t tw ht t have to sustain; on account 0o py o much r inhepews, and obstructing the sight df th tioILx The cohunns may befr*om twelve to fourteen .~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
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