MissPres Architectural Word of the Week: Corbel

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

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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!

Categories: Books, Churches, Columbus, Historic Preservation

8 replies

  1. Is this building still being used for services? Their address is Bluecutt Road.


  2. Corbelled brick foundation: http://goo.gl/FVvag

    Rest of the album is here: http://goo.gl/hwqg9


  3. I really like the word of the week articles. I know almost nothing about architecture and these little lessons make looking at fine old buildings even more enjoyable. But, is it too nerdy to ask you to include a pronunciation to keep me from embarrassing myself? I looked up corbel and would have mispronounced it…probably in front of someone knowledgeable. Thanks – I look forward to your next article.



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