The three styles
of Greek architecture are distinguished by the form of the columns.
was the oldest and simplest, the column having a simple capital and no
The more slender Ionic column rested on a base, and the
capital was adorned with a spiral roll.
The Corinthian, latest of all
and a modification of the Ionic, had a capital embellished with designs
taken from the acanthus leaf.
The modern "skyscrapers" may be compared
with the plan of the Greek column, the lower stories and the top being
decorated and the rest of the building left plain like the shaft of the
Classical Greek column and architectural styles regained popularity
during the Enlightenment period of the eighteenth and very early
nineteenth centuries, a style known as neoclassical.
Many buildings around the world, and in the United States, are
neoclassical in design, including the White House and Capitol Building
in Washington, D.C.
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