Building Language: Parapet

Written by on April 5, 2011 in Building Language - No comments
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A parapet, like this one on an apartment building in the 1500 block of College Avenue, is that part of the wall which rises above the roofline of the building. This parapet is purely decorative, but they were originally used as defensive features, offering shelter against enemy attacks and positions from behind which defenders could launch their rocks, or shoot their arrows guns or cannons.

Parapets were often found on English castles. Those castles and other fine English homes inspired the Tudor Revival style in the United States. The style became particularly popular in the years following World War I. Soldiers returning from service overseas brought an appreciation for the English architecture they’d seen home with them. Architects and builders created a trend, designing a multitude of residences and other buildings in Tudor Revival style in the years between the two World Wars.

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Connie Zeigler has both a Bachelor and Master of Arts in history, as well as nearly 20 years experience writing about architectural history. She is an avid gardener, composter and greenie who lives in an old house in Fountain Square. Connie is the owner and president of C. Resources, a company that offers a wide array of consulting services in preservation, research, and writing. Follow her on Facebook!

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