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A column in architecture and structural engineering is a vertical structural element that transmits through compression the weight of the structure above to other structural elements below. Columns may support a roof or a beams or they may be purely decorative. The bottom portion of the column is referred to as the "base." The top of a column is referred to as the "capital."

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The Column: For the Greeks and Romans, the column, although obviously ornamental, was also structural, since it supported the roof.A column in architecture and structural engineering is a vertical structural element that transmits through compression the weight of the structure above to other structural elements below. Architectural Columns may support a roof or a beams or they may be purely decorative. The bottom portion of the architectural Columns is referred to as the "base." The top of a column is referred to as the "capital."

A Column in the world of architecture refers specifically to such a structural element that also has certain proportional and decorative features; thereby the term "Architectural Column." If you came to this site shopping for architectural columns, please visit our company page here >

NOTE: Other compression members are often termed columns because of the similar stress conditions. Columns can be either compounded of parts or made as a single piece. Columns are frequently used to support beams or arches on which the upper parts of walls or ceilings rest.

Today, almost two and a half millennia after the completion of that most perfect Doric structure, the Parthenon one particular element of classical architecture continues to transform many ordinary structures and office buildings into impressive monuments:

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The Architectural Column: For the Greeks and Romans, the column, although obviously ornamental, was also structural, since it supported the roof. There are five types of classical columns, the earliest (dating to about 600 B.C.) was the Doric, followed by Ionic, Corinthian, Composite, and Tuscan (16th Century). The Greeks preferred the Doric and Ionic styles; the Romans, the more ornate Corinthian or the combination style known as Composite. More on the history of columns here.

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