Lintel

A lintel is a horizontal element above a window or door opening, which supports the weight of the wall above the opening. This limestone lintel found on an empty house in the 1200 block of Broadway in Indianapolis is especially fancy with its carved design of a stylized flower.

Also fancy is the original double door at this front entrance to the house. The doors are Eastlake in style with both carvings and wood appliqués. The Eastlake Style was originated by Charles Eastlake, an English architect and writer and proponent of craftsmanship. “Eastlake” became a popular furniture style in the United States. Although most Eastlake-style furniture in the U.S. was machine made, its intricate details looked handcarved. Whether or not these doors were handmade or produced by machine, the lintel above them was certainly carved by a craftsperson.