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Looking around Eugene one can see the obvious heritage of architectural ideas There are domes fluted pillars arches and many other styles that were originally conceived in the ancient world The influence of Greece Rome and the Renaissance can be seen literally everywhere One place these ideas come together is the faade of the Christian Church at 1166 Oak between 11th and 12th Street The front of the building would make any citizen of ancient Athens feel at home The wide steps rise up to the stately row of Doric columns which support a beautiful cornice and pediment that could have been found on a temple in any Greek city-state There is a sense of balance and harmony Of course a person from ancient Greece would wonder why the building is painted white when all the statues and public buildings of his time were painted in vivid colors When the people in the Renaissance time revived the Greek and Roman ideas of architecture they added to it the mathematics derived from Newton and Galileo Because of the newfound knowledge engineers could calculate the stress and strain that they put on pillars and domes This allowed much more accurate building of large spaces Therefore it is not unusual to see a dome rising behind such a Greek faade like it does on the Oak Street church Christopher Wren the Renaissance designer of St Pauls Cathedral in London was one of the first to face the challenge of a large dome in the center of a church The dome that is the main feature of the church in Eugene is following in this pattern It is interesting to speculate why this style of building was used on structures that have been built so long after the original impulse I think that it is because the buildings like this church give an air of solidity and steadfastness in a hectic western town like Eugene which has very little
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