Time for another MissPres Architectural Word of the Week. As we move right along through the alphabet, you can check out our past words here. Have you been keeping an eye out for these elements like I have? This week we feature an element that might be a little more difficult to see on a regular basis. But anyone who has ever seen a building in a state of disrepair or undergoing repair might have seen this element before. Our example building this week is the recently talked about Lamar County Courthouse. Today’s post includes interior images that Hattiesburg blogger “Ramblings of The Diva” has pined away for. As always our images come from the MDAH HRI database.
This week’s word is brought to you by the letter G for “Grounds” as defined by William J. Hornung’s Architectural Drafting
Grounds: (ˈgrau̇nds) Strips of wood of plaster thickness nailed to the framing. They aid the Plasterer and later act as nailing strips for the baseboard.
I have seen Grounds in many different buildings and locations but I have to admit I never knew the proper name for this element. I think it’s safe to say that Grounds are not limited to nailing strips just for baseboards but can be any inset nailing strip for elements applied over plaster, such as chair rail or picture mold. Keep your eyes out for a Gound or Grounds this week, or during your next project. Y’all stay tuned for the next MissPres Architectural Word of the Week!
And a note for our regular readers: Next week will be a Name This Place contest, so get out your eagle eyes, sharpen your swords, and get ready to rumble!