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Posts tagged “Christ’s Church in Philadelphia

The Eye is the Window of the Soul

Through the research into several different ideas for the expression of the structure of the building to be shown in the elevation, I settled on looking at the precedent of Christ’s Church in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  As you can see through the image of the church along the nave there is a trabeated structure that is used to express the load from the rafters and a more obvious wall based architecture on the apse elevation.

(Image Scanned from:  Clem Labine’s Traditional Building.December 2010 Edition.Cover Illustration)

This idea can also be seen through the expression of the elevations of my building.  The challenge with figuring this out is the discrepancy between the interior and exterior elevations of the building.  The primary choice I needed to make was to determine whether to use rectangular window or arched windows.  Below are the drawings that I made to determine the best way to design the windows.  In the end I decided going with the arched windows.  The following image is a composite of the two windows beside each other drawn with pilasters flanking them.

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