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Classical Columns & Capitals

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With the growing interest in classical architecture, there has been corresponding growth in demand for classical columns and capitals. To meet this explosive market growth, suppliers are now furnishing architecturally correct columns in a wide range of both traditional and high-tech materials. You can get columns in stavework wood, cast metal, plaster or carved stone -- just as they've been supplied to builders for centuries. But you can also get columns in cast stone, fiberglass, resin-stone, polymer-modified gypsum, GFRC, and other composite materials. Many of these modern materials avoid the problems with rot that have plagued wood columns since they came into use.

Unfortunately, the ready availability of classical columns means that many untrained designers and builders are sticking them on buildings just like costume jewelry. For maximum effect, there are two basic rules that apply when columns are being used. First, the columns should be architecturally correct, and, second, the columns should be placed in an architecturally appropriate context.

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