Stone columns add a stately elegance to any building and can be used in both interior and exterior applications and provide a lasting beauty for years to come. The surface of the pillar/shaft may be smooth, chiseled, fluted, or other design. Our natural limestone columns are custom carved in order to offer the architect or owner the ability to specify the size, color and design to suit their project.
Using state-of-the-art computerized equipment as well as old-world skills and tools, our experienced stone craftsmen build to the standard specifications of the ancient Greek and Roman orders to craft the highest quality Indiana limestone base, columns and capitals available today. This includes true works of art, such as Corinthian capitals, carved cornice moldings, etc.
Columns generally consist of a column base, capital and pillar/shaft (tapered or straight). The pillars/shafts are usually supplied split and cored to fit around a structural element. The surface of the pillar/shaft may be smooth, chiseled, fluted, or have a specific design.
Our columns can be used in both interior and exterior applications and provide a lasting beauty for years to come.
Stone columns are available in the traditional Greek and Roman styles including Doric, Ionic, and Corinthian styles as well as Tuscan and other custom designs of your choice. If a custom design is desired, scale drawings can be prepared for approval.CONTACT US
The three Greek architectural styles are the Doric, Ionic and Corinthian. The Doric style is exemplified by a solid fluted column without a base and a square slab resting on a rounded molding. The Ionic style features a based column with scrolled shapes called volutes at the top of the shaft on either side. The Corinthian style is the most ornamental style, with fluted columns decorated at the top with acanthus leaves and spirals.
In their original Greek version, Doric columns stood directly on the flat pavement (the stylobate) of a temple without a base; their vertical shafts were fluted with 20 parallel concave grooves; and they were topped by a smooth capital that flared from the column to meet a square abacus at the intersection with the horizontal beam (architrave) that they carried.
The Ionic capital is characterized by the use of volutes. The Ionic columns normally stand on a base which separates the shaft of the column from the stylobate or platform; The cap is usually enriched with egg-and-dart. Ionic columns are most have 24 hollow flutes in the shaft which keep a familiar proportion to the diameter of the column at any scale.
The Corinthian, is stated to be the most ornate of the orders, characterized by slender fluted columns and elaborate capitals decorated with acanthus leaves and scrolls. In its proportions, the Corinthian column is similar to the Ionic column, but it stands apart by its distinctive carved capital. The abacus upon the capital has concave sides to conform to the outscrolling corners of the capital, and it may have a rosette at the center of each side.