Message - Re: BASEMENT SIDE NOTE; Notes from Le Duc

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Posted by  d on October 31, 2002 at 13:35:09:

In Reply to:  Re: BASEMENT SIDE NOTE posted by TEA on October 31, 2002 at 08:56:17:

Going back, if you will, to the English translation of Le Duc's Lectures on Architecture (Vol I) it is interesting that, in an exhaustive essay on derivations of style in ancient works, he seems to use both "platform" and "basement" interchangeably, as I read him; for instance, starting with the "remains at Jerusalem, of the platform-consisting of enormous stones- upon which stood the temple of Solomon..." he then turns to the "...basements of the temple of Baalbec..." as a comparable structure built in a different method; finally he returns to the Jerusalem temple, saying, this time..." the southern face of... this enormous basement...",
clearly, however, referring to the homogeneous plinth which he has just called a "platform".

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