• Posted in: Building Language Building Language: Dormer Windows

    Dormer windows on the Ovid Butler House (1306 N Park Avenue) Dormer Windows. A dormer window is a window that projects out from a sloping roof, vertically placed, featuring its own structure with sides and...

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  • Posted in: A Room with a View Room With a View: Athenaeum Rooftop

    As of yesterday, Athenaeum Foundation Executive Director, Cassie Stockamp has taken up camping on the roof of the Athenaeum to help raise money for the elaborate and beloved building at the intersection of Michigan and...

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  • Posted in: Building Language Building Language: Leader Head

    Leader Head. Here’s a little known architectural term that provides important support to historic buildings. A leader head refers to the box like structure found on a downspout, connected to either the gutter or a...

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  • Posted in: Building Language Building Language: Chimney

    Chimney. I highly doubt many of you are using today’s Building Language term – the chimney – in the midst of our July heat. Although buildings old and new feature chimneys, there’s still plenty to...

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  • Posted in: Building Language Building Language: Cupola

    Cupola and Dome, Indiana Statehouse (200 West Washington Street) Cupola. The cupola is a small structure crowning the top of a dome or roof. The cupola traditionally is a circular or dome structure that is...

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  • Posted in: Building Language Building Language: Truss

    Repeating Trusses in the Main Hall, City Market Truss. The truss is an extremely versatile architectural feature, applied across a variety of properties in many different ways. For today, we’ll just get familiarized with the...

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  • Posted in: Building Language Building Language: Shed Dormer

    Shed Dormers, 300 Block of North Irvington Ave Shed Dormer. A dormer window is found projecting out from a roof, typically with its own roof, sides, and a window frame on its face. Dormers provide...

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  • Posted in: WTH WTH Weds: Praise the Roof

    3400 block of College – Wondering what this was in it’s previous life…? Update 7/8/2012- This building evidently collapsed today.  ...

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  • Posted in: Building Language Building Language: Finial

    Finial. Standing on top of the apex of a roof or spire is the piece of architectural ornament known as a finial. As a reminder, a spire is a tall, pyramidal structure that rises above...

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  • Posted in: Building Language Building Language: Bargeboard

    314 North Park Avenue in Lockerbie Square with Two Bargeboards on Main Roof Bargeboard. Bargeboard is the term used for the elaborately decorated, often carved, wood boards attached along the edges of a gabled roof....

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  • Posted in: Building Language Building Language: Monitor

    Monitor on Lone Hall, Arsenal Technical High School Monitor. A monitor is a raised section found straddling the ridge of a roof. The monitor commonly imitates the roof form of the primary structure, but includes...

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  • Posted in: Building Language Building Language: Roof

    Roof. For today’s Building Language, let’s examine one of the most vital elements of a structure: the roof. I think it is safe to assume everyone knows what a roof is on a basic level,...

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