The Sanctuary of Fortuna Primigenia – inspiration of coincidence?

When architectural historian Calder Loth sent us his thoughts on and impressions of Eastern Oregon University’s Grand Staircase he included information about The Sanctuary of Fortuna Primigenia and noted the “striking similarities” between the conjectural drawing for this structure and the steps at EOU.

We thought his observations were fascinating and thought you might too…

 “It’s probably coincidental, but the Eastern Oregon University stair has striking similarities to Palladio’s conjectural drawing for the ancient Sanctuary of Fortuna Primigenia at Palestrina… This drawing (below) was housed in the collections of the Royal Institute of British Architects at the time the Oregon stair was designed. It’s a stretch to think that John Virginius Bennes may have seen either the original or a published version of it. Nonetheless, even though he worked mainly in the Prairie School tradition, Bennes’ stair design shows that he was well-versed in the High Renaissance idiom and could execute a remarkably competent composition.”

 

Drawing

Palladio’s conjectural drawing for the ancient Sanctuary of Fortuna Primigenia at Palestrina

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