Time for another MissPres Architectural Word of the Week! If you want to check out any previous words you can do that here. As always we have some of our example photographs come from the MDAH Historic Resources Inventory Database. This week we have two words. Neither have relation to one another but I had prepared for the first word and the later word was suggested by reader Dura several weeks ago as a good word for football season.
This week’s words are brought to you by the letter V as defined in Cyril M. Harris’s Illustrated Dictionary of Historic Architecture.
Vermiculated: (vərˈmikyəˌlātid) A form of masonry surface, incised with wondering, discontinuous grooves resembling worm tracks.
After scouring the MDAH HRI Database and all my own photographs the only Mississippi image of something Vermiculated I could find was from the concrete block Louis Bowen House in Biloxi. Unfortunately casting concrete does not give you the sharp lines and angles needed for a good Vermiculated appearance. Our definition states that Vermiculate is made from stone, but I know I have seen buildings here in Mississippi that have carved wooden elements that can be defined as Vermiculated. So let’s prove Mr. Harris’s definition is not inclusive enough and let everyone know if you can think of a structure that has carved wooden elements that are Vermiculated. Also let us know if any other structures come to mind that have Vermiculated elements.
05-04-2013 UPDATE: It has been recently brought to my attention that the Standard Oil Building of Jackson has some great terracotta Vermiculated quoin blocks!!
Our other word is:
Vomitory: (vä-mə-ˌtȯr-ē) An entrance or opening, usually one of a series, which pierces a ban of seats in a theater, stadium, or the like.
Do you have a favorite structure in Mississippi that has a Vomitory or Vermiculated work? If so please share! With all this nice weather we are being blessed with get outside scope out these and all the previous MissPres Architectural Word of the Week. You just never know where they will pop up next!