The Arch of Titus may be the first instance of this Roman Order of Architecture in the first century AD. Composite columns have highly decorated capitals (tops). The leaf decoration elements of the Corinthian style combine with the scroll designs (volute) that characterize the Ionic style. Because the combination (or composite) of the two Greek designs makes the Composite Column more ornate than other columns, Composite columns are sometimes found in lavish 17th century Baroque architecture.
In contemporary architecture, the term composite column can be used to describe any style column molded from a man-made composite material such as fiberglass or a polymer resin, sometimes reinforced with metal.
Common Misspellings: composit