Millwork and Architectural Specialties

Allow us to introduce you to Millwork Direct, Incorporated. Located in St. Charles, Illinois, Millwork Direct, Incorporated, specializes in unique, hard-to-find, top-quality millwork and architectural specialties shipped direct from the factory to your jobsite.

The company was formed to fill the needs of builders and property owners looking for specialty, high-end millwork products that are not generally available at local lumber yards and home centers. We bring many years of experience in the millwork business to you. That experience and a high degree of product knowledge assures that you will have the right product for the job at the right price.

We Specialize in architectural wood (hardwood and softwood), and fiberglass columns (Turncraft, Inc.& HB&G), as well as pre-formed high-density rigid polyurethane moldings ( Spectis™ & Fypon™), and flexible polymer compound moldings (ResinArt East) for building construction.

Due to the constant evolution of our industry, as well as the incredible depth of our product offerings, it’s virtually impossible to catalog everything we have available online; please don’t hesitate to contact us directly for pricing and availability on any specialty item, especially custom.

Products are drop-shipped directly to you from the factory, timed for your project needs.

Please call us directly, or fax or email your requests to the provided addresses in the Contact Us section.

Column Facts and History

In classical styles of architecture, the various columnar types fall, in general, into the five so-called classical orders, which are named Doric, Ionic, Corinthian, Tuscan, and Composite. Each order comprises the column with its base, shaft, and capital and the supported part or entablature, consisting of architrave, frieze, and cornice.

Each order has its own distinctive character, both as to relative proportions and as to the detail of its different parts. The entablature height is generally about one quarter that of the column; a pedestal, when used, is about one third the height of the column.

For the Doric order, the Ionic order, and the Corinthian order, originally developed by the Greeks, the Roman writer Vitruvius attempted to formulate the proportionings of their parts. In Greece the Doric was the earliest order to develop, and it was used for the Parthenon and for most temples.

The Corinthian was little used until the Romans adapted it. They employed it more than they did any other order and introduced brackets, or modillions, in its cornice.


The Roman orders made greater use of ornament than the Greek, and their column proportions were more slender. In the 15th cent. Alberti revived an interest in the work of Vitruvius. At the same time, architects made drawings of Roman ruins and applied the Roman orders rather arbitrarily to building design.

In the 16th cent. a more systematic use of orders was practiced. Architectural writers, notably Serlio, Scamozzi, Vignola, Palladio, and Sanmichele crystallized the Roman versions and additions (Tuscan and Composite) into the five definitely formulated orders, with minute rules of proportion.

Philibert Delorme, Claude Perrault, Abraham Bosse, and Sir William Chambers were among those who composed treatises on the subject. Using the classical orders as a basis, the designers of the Renaissance and of subsequent periods created many variations.

However, during the classic revival, a strict adherence to the proportions of the original Greek and Roman models became the rule. Though 20th-century architects are aware of the orders, they no longer use them.