MissPres Architectural Word of the Week: Y-Tracery

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 typical to windows, but can any readers out there find other examples not related to ecclesiastical windows?

This week’s word is brought to you by the letter Y as defined by Cyril M. Harris’s Dictionary of Architecture and Construction.

Y- Tracery: ( Y ˈtrā-sə-rē) A type of TRACERY in which the mullions split in the shape of the letter Y.

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Our examples are all of churches of varying denominations.   Do you have a favorite building in Mississippi that sports fenestration with Y-Tracery? How about a door?  Or maybe a house or commercial building that has windows with Y-Tracery?  If so please share.  Get out and take a photo of the Y-Tracery and post it to the Preservation In Mississippi Flickr page.  As you may have noticed two of our example structures are no longer extant so never put off til tomorrow–go take those photos today!

Categories: Books, Churches, Corinth, Greenville, Jackson, Liberty, Vaiden, Vicksburg

9 replies

  1. For a great image of a residential use of Y-tracery, see the Angelety House (Natchez) National Register nomination: https://www.apps.mdah.ms.gov/nom/prop/801.pdf. Scroll down to photo #5 for a close-up of the dormer. I’ve been told that the man standing looking at the window in that picture is New Orleans architect Sam Wilson.


  2. I love the way that sounds…Y-tracery. It’s almost as good as quatrefoil, which will probably remain my favorite all-time architectural word of the week. I actually found a few examples among my photos!



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