From the Latin word “dens,” meaning tooth, dentils are small blocks, usually wooden, placed in a horizontal row, often below the cornice or the eave. Because dentils were common in Greek and Roman architecture, in Indianapolis they are found on architectural styles that are or have some elements of Classical revivalism. These often include Colonial Revival and Neo-Classical style buildings. The dentil molding in this photograph is on a Free Classic style house in the 1300 block of Park Avenue.


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