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  • n. Plural form of pediment.


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  • Followers of Ellinais object to the recent removal of marble pediments from the Parthenon and hundreds of masterpieces from a tiny museum on the Acropolis to re-house within the sprawling gallery beneath the ancient citadel.

    Pagans pray to goddess Athena in rare gathering at the Parthenon

  • He was in a space intended by the architect for the principal staircase; a tall ladder, used by the recent workmen, was still left standing against the wall, the top of it resting on a landing-place opposite a doorway, that, from the richness of its half-finished architrave, obviously led to what had been designed for the state apartments; between the pediments was a slight temporary door of rough deal planks.

    What Will He Do with It? — Volume 10

  • He explored the city with tape measure in hand, conducting a sort of architectural phrenology to figure out the proportions and details that make New Orleans houses so New Orleans — the depths of the porches, the sizes of the pediments, the angles of the hip roofs, the ratios of height to width.

    Houses of the Future

  • All we see is a cityscape of palaces and mosques punctuated by minarets and arched doorways, European-style triangular pediments and ionic columns, ribbed domes topped by Hindu-style ornamental umbrellas.

    Where East Met West To Wondrous Effect

  • Where the International Style promised the same glass tower in a plaza anywhere in the world, postmodernism believed in history and context, the more the merrier: The elegant black glass with tasteful reflecting pools of the Seagram Building in New York versus the riot of classical arches and ionic columns, fountains and broken pediments of Charles Moore's Piazza d'Italia in New Orleans.

    History, Repeating Itself

  • On the opposite side of the road from the museum lie the bombed-out ruins of Amanullah's Dar al-Aman palace, complete with Parisian arcades, neo-classical pediments and formal gardens.

    The hill of gold

  • Postmodernism – the style of pink-painted pediments, marbleised MDF and leopard-skin Formica, of the Chippendale skyscraper, the designer teapot and the acanthus-leaved Homebase, which seemed to give form to the consuming excess of the Reagan-Thatcher years and which the architecture and design world then dumped as summarily as a herpes-ridden lover – is back.

    PoMo power: the return of postmodernism

  • Baroque buildings were characterised by curves, domes, broken pediments and a gloriously inventive play on classical detailing.

    Borromini: the first architect

  • Ms. Ballard laid out $1.7 million for doors, windows, and temporary marble pediments meant to divert water from said doors and windows, applied to the BAR for retroactive approval, and got ready to peel away the brick veneer and the sheathing underneath and, to all intents, rebuild the house for roughly $5 million.

    Andrew Reinbach: Historic Preservation Goes Bananas

  • Across the street from Exeter's main Academy Building, with its graceful pediments and delicate cupola, the library sits like a primeval, oversize shell, more industrial than academic.

    A Monument to the Life of the Mind


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