Photos 30 Nov 2008 09:00 am
- Walking to work one early morning this week, I noticed the decorative archway pictured above. This is an outgrowth of what in classical architecture is called a “lintel.” A lintel is, in it’s basest form, a block placed over an entranceway. It solidifies the two columns that reach around the portal. As it says in Wikipedia: The lintel often rested on pillars made of piled stones such as in the building of the Treasury of Atreus in Mycenae, Greece. In architecture around the world however, a lintel is not considered (as it is in the very narrow view of classical architecture) as purely an element of the Post and lintel.
I decided to pay a bit more attention to the overhead arches that decorate doorways leading to my office.
Here are some of those I found:
(Click any image to enlarge.)
Some are downright cheap, and one even wonders why do it?