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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