MissPres Architectural Word of the Week: Return

I hope every one has made it through Isaac well.  I don’t ever remember a storm lasting nearly so long, and it looks like we might have the spawn of Isaac becoming a Tropical Storm…. but its time for another MissPres Architectural Word of the Week!  If you want to check out any previous word you can do that here.  As always our example photographs come from the MDAH Historic Resources Database.

This week’s word is brought to you by the letter R as defined by Cyril M Harris’s Illustrated Dictionary of Historic Architecture

Return: (riˈtərn) The continuation of a molding, projection, member, or cornice, or the like in a different direction, usually at a right angle.

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Do you have a favorite building in Mississippi that has Returns?  If so please share!  Keep your eyes out for this and the next MissPres Architectural Word of the Week.  You just never know where they will pop up next!

Categories: Books, Churches, Columbus, Historic Preservation, Natchez, Oxford, Pontotoc

4 replies

  1. Bird nesting places! LOL


  2. Another publication attempts to imitate your feature, Mr. Rosell, but falls far and lamentably short. Still, it might give you some ideas for more words once you are through this round of the alphabet. http://www.nytimes.com/2012/09/23/realestate/streetscapes-a-glossary-for-architectural-rubberneckers.html?hpw


    • ha-ha those is awfully kind and generous complements from you Mr. John. Christopher Grey has been writing the Streetscapes column for 25 years so it is more likely I am influenced by him. I bet we could find some Mississippi examples of his most recent terms.


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