Saturday, April 12, 2008

Classical Bank Dome

This was built as a Riggs Bank in Vienna, Virginia, to imitate the neo-classical image of the downtown Washington Riggs Bank. Now it's a PNC Bank branch. The dome and colonnade, which is not in the best of shape, is also an imitation of the Jefferson Memorial down in the monument area of Washington. The classical Tempietto has gone from ancient Greece to the Renaissance to American neo-classicism to a suburban bank. Banks have always used Greek and Roman classical forms to suggest to you that your money is secure with them.

1 comment:

gabi campanario said...

beautiful line, i love it!