Late 1800s architecture terminology question
December 19, 2011 5:09 PM Subscribe
I'm looking for an architectural term. I'm sure it's one I should know, but I'm blanking on it. To make matters worse, I'm having a difficult time searching for a picture of the feature, because I can't come up with the right term. Let me try to describe what it is.
posted by sardonyx to Home & Garden (9 answers total)
It's characteristic of commercial buildings constructed in the late 1800s. I'm specifically thinking of Ontario, but I'm sure I've seen the same feature on buildings in the north-eastern parts of the States.
It's the fancy, decorative, top part of flat-roofed, commercial buildings. It typically rises higher than the roof at the front of the store/office. Specifically the ones I'm thinking of are made of brick, but I don't think that material is a requirement. If I had to put a name on them I'd use "square pediments" even though I know that doesn't really make any sense.
Sorry I can't come up with any better pictures, but perhaps the building photo on the left-hand side of this
page or the much fancier example on this
page may give some idea of what I'm trying to describe. Specifically I'm looking for the part of the building that is above the windows.