Commonwealth of Kentucky and Palladian legacy

The image posted to the right is the Hindu Temple in Lexington, Kentucky. I chose a temple because Palladio’s signature motif was of ancient temples. The symmetry on the outside of the Hindu Temple is important to note because Palladio strongly based his work on perspective and symmetry. He also based his work on the formal classical temple architecture of the Romans and Greeks. Palladio is best known for his villas that modeled elevations on Roman temple facades. I think that the architect that designed the Temple chose to continue the Palladian legacy because he or she wanted to continue the legacy in America from the 16th century. This means that the symbolism of the building is linked to the symbols of our American democracy– power and wealth. The Palladian arch windows are also a trademark of Palladio’s architecture. The window in the temple is less of an arch and more of a triangular shape. The top of the Stourhead House resembles a somewhat of a triangular shape much like the one in the Temple revealing a similarity of Palladio’s work. This design is a legacy of Palladio mainly due to the symmetry of the building. I think that the building is mainly Palladio’s work because of the proportion and harmony. I think the triangular window design was used to reflect more of the Hindu style than the arches since the arches reflect more of the Palladian legacy. The triangle shaped windows are an icon of Hinduism.


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