This is our third MissPres Architectural Word of the Week. If you missed any of the earlier posts, this series was spawned by Malvaney’s post about architectural dictionaries. Our past two words have been Abacus and Bracket. Have you been keeping an eye out for either element or trying to slip the words into everyday conversations like I have? I am utilizing the MDAH Historic Resources Inventory Database for all the example images that are being used in this series. Be sure to check out the HRI database for more info on the buildings featured in Architectural Word of the Week
This weeks word is brought to you by the letter C, for Corbel,as defined by Cyril M Harris’s Illustrated Dictionary of Historic Architecture
Corbel: (ˈkȯr-bəl) In masonry, a projection or one of a series of projections, each stepped progressively farther forward with height; anchored in a wall, story, column, or chimney; used to support an overhanging member above or, if continuous, to support overhanging courses; may support an ornament of similar appearance.
Keep you eyes out for Corbels this week and stay tuned for the next MissPres Architectural Word of the Week!