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? Our images this week are from the MDAH HRI database, so if you want to learn more you can head on over to the HRI database and look them up!
This week’s word is brought to you by the letter N for “Nogging” as defined by Cyril M. Harris’s Illustrated Dictionary of Historic Architecture
Nogging: (ˈnä-giŋ) Brickwork carried up in panels between timber quarters; the filling of brickwork between members of a frame wall or partition.
Nogging is speculated to have originated for all kinds of reasons some being; fire proofing or fire blocking, temperature insulation, sound insulation, pest control, or structural strengthening. The 1899 “A Treatise On Architecture And Building Construction Vol2: Masonry. Carpentry. Joinery” states that Nogging was being used at that time for fire blocking, sound proofing, and pest control. Our examples this week show Nogging used as a hidden building element and as a decorative non-structural element. Can any MissPresers out there share an example of Nogging from your neck of the State? Keep your eyes out for some Nogging this week and stay tuned for the next MissPres Architectural Word of the Week!