Salsa in the Parthenon?

While walking through Prospect Park last week, my attention was drawn to this structure. Not only by the people taking dance lessons inside, but also due to its architecture. IMG_6588  This structure reminded me a lot of the Greek Parthenon building. Similar to the Parthenon, this structure is surrounded on all sides by columns. Above these columns, both have entablatures. They also both appear to share the feature of the stylobate; however, the modern version has a base as well. Finally, both architectural structures have a cornice topping them off .

The inspiration for this Brooklyn version is clearly taken from the Greek Parthenon; however, there are numerable differences. I found it most frustrating that they did not share their ratio; the Parthenon has the establish 9:4 ratio, but this version happens to have 10 columns perpendicular to its 4 columns. While the Parthenon has columns that are decorated with vertical fluting, this modern day one lacks fluting and is completely smooth; this is more reminiscent of a Roman column. Another contrast between the two pieces is the capital. The capitals of the Parthenon columns are very simplistic, the Doric order is followed. The Prospect Park version is more ornate, following the Corinthian order. The most notable difference, in my opinion, is the lack of a pediment on the version I came across. Although much of it is destroyed today, the pediment was an integral part of the Parthenon. Even with all the differences, you can see the inspiration clearly in this modern day Parthenon. I believe it is essential that we keep reminders of our past with us in order to remember whence we came.

-Sheila Kelly, Team Saturn

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Pantheon or High School?!?! (Cameron Cannon)

If you say this is Midwood High School then you are correct! If you said “Wow, Brooklyn Pantheon!” you are also correct. This is an image I took outside of Midwood while waiting for the B6 bus. It has six Ionic columns similar to that of the Pantheon in Rome, Italy. An ionic column can be recognized easily with the scrolls on it’s capital and are thin compared to the deisel Doric columns that were made in the proportion of men.

This building was built in 1940 as the result of the Works Project Administration to hire millions of unskilled workers who happened to be unemployed.  Midwood also has a Georgian Cuopla [fun fact]. Along with it’s Greek artitecture, Midwood’s motto is a latin phrase, “Verus, Bonus, Et Pulcher” meaning the true, the good and the beautiful”. So, if you ever think it’s hard to find any ancient form of art in New York City, right across the street from Brooklyn College is the perfect inspiration and I did not look too hard.

Hall, Stephen S. “The Smart Set.” The New York Times, The New York Times, 4 June 2000, http://www.nytimes.com/2000/06/04/magazine/the-smart-set.html?mcubz=3. Accessed 17 Sept. 2017.