Paestum began its life as a Greek city, and the original circular civic meeting space is preserved, though later built over by a Roman building. This is where early democracy of sorts played out over 2500 years ago. In contrast,… Continue Reading
The final of the three great temples at Paestum is located a quarter mile away from the other two, but still in the center of the city.
Just south of Naples, Paestum is a great example of a Greek city that became Roman, but staunchly held onto its Greek architecture. The so-called Basilica, receiving its name because the first explorers to the site didn’t think it was… Continue Reading
I thought it would be fun to look at famous buildings in Europe this week that influenced St. Louis architecture. This is one of the famed Doric temples of Paestum, a Greek colony on the mainland of Italy. Can you… Continue Reading
I am continuously fascinated by the portion of Benton Park West north of Arsenal, bounded by Jefferson Avenue on the east, and Gravois Avenue on the northwest (of course, the whole of the neighborhood is a triangle). Over the next… Continue Reading
The Way reminds me of ancient ruins, columns tumbled here and there, like at Paestum. It has remained the centerpiece of Laumeier for decades.
What is the difference between Neo-Classical architecture and the Greek Revival style? The key is in the proportions of the building; while the Romans certainly copied their architectural style from the ancient Greeks, they were also influenced by their northern… Continue Reading
I realized today, having just taught my Renaissance art class on Monday, that the Renaissance never would have happened if it had not been for the trauma of the collapse of the Roman Empire. There would have been no need… Continue Reading
What makes St. Louis’s architecture so stunning, and worthy of documentation? In many ways, St. Louis followed all of the trends of stylistic change that every American city saw over the last two-hundred years. St. Louis does not perhaps have… Continue Reading
All this week, Saint Louis Patina is looking back over the last three years, revisiting the highlights of dozens of expeditions and thousands of photographs. 1) Highway 40, Closed to Traffic 2) Abandoned Diner, Goodfield, Illinois Update: Demolished 3) Doric… Continue Reading