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Ed,

Cornice is a good word for the feature.  A simple projection could also be
called a crown molding.  If it were more complex, with several bands of
decorations of varying projections and designs, it would be an entablature,
each band having a name: it is capped with the cornice, over the frieze, all
above the architrave.  That's what I learned from having spent too much time
around historic architects.

Nels Roselund, SE
South San Gabriel, CA
njineer(--nospam--at)att.net
-----Original Message-----
From: Ed Tornberg [mailto:ed(--nospam--at)tornbergconsulting.com] 
Sent: Monday, August 22, 2005 8:27 PM
To: seaint(--nospam--at)seaint.org
Subject: What is it called?


I should really put this on some architectural listserve, but I don't
know any.  Besides, I like you guys (and gals) better.

There's a thing that gets put on the front of buildings.  The section
looks like this:

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In this case it overhangs the walls by a few inches, say 5 1/2", and is
about 24" deep.

A particular industry I work with calls it a "mansard", which drives me
crazy.  A mansard is a double slope roof named after a Frenchman.

The best I can come up with is "eave/fascia"

I believe some architects would just call it "fascia", but I don't like
that because in wood framed construction that usually means just a small
trim piece of 1x that goes over a "sub-fascia", which is a 2x.

I don't like just "eave" because it doesn't have much overhang.

The style of building is your plain-modern-economical office/retail/etc.

Any good and technically correct terms?

TIA,

Ed Tornberg
Tornberg Consulting, LLC
503-551-4165




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