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’s word is probably my favorite style of gable, simply because it’s a variation from a typical gable. I’ve scoured the National Register Nominations that are posted on the MDAH HRI database to gather examples from across the State that are in different styles.
This week’s word is brought to you by the letter J for “Jerkinhead Gable” as defined by Ernest Burden’s Illustrated Dictionary of Architecture
Jerkinhead Gable: (jur-kin-hed gey-buhl ) Gable end that slopes back at the top to form a small hipped roof end; also called a hipped gable
The gable style is also referred to in many of these National Register Nominations as a clipped gable. We’ve got lots of examples this week because the Jerkinhead Gable is used across many different structure sizes and styles. The Jerkinhead Gable seems to be popular in Mississippi from 1900 until about 1940. While it is used mostly for residential construction there are a few commercial examples lurking out there. Keep your eyes out for a Jerkinhead Gable(s) this week. If you see one let us know!