Words of the Week

Words of the Week – February 21, 2011

DENTAL MOLDING Decorative trim in alternating rectangles and spaces. EAVES  The eaves of a roof are its lower edges, usually projecting beyond the walls of the building to provide weather protection. GABLES A gable is the generally triangular portion of a wall between the edges of a sloping roof. The shape of the gable and…

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WORDS OF THE WEEK – DECEMBER 10, 2010

These are terms from the architecture of New France: RAMPARTS A rampart is a type of defensive wall.  A defensive wall is a fortification used to defend a city or settlement from potential aggressors. In ancient to modern times, they were used to enclose settlements. Generally, these are referred to as city walls or town…

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WORDS OF THE WEEK – NOVEMBER 26, 2010

HOTEL The word hotel is derived from the French hôtel (coming from hôte meaning host), which referred to a French version of a townhouse or any other building seeing frequent visitors, rather than a place offering accommodation. In contemporary French usage, hôtel now has the same meaning as the English term, and hôtel particulier is…

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WORDS OF THE WEEK – NOVEMBER 2, 2010

These are some general terms from the world of ARCHITECTURAL DRAWING … ARCHITECTURAL DRAWING OR ARCHITECT’S DRAWING A technical drawing of a building (or building project) that falls within the definition of architecture. Architectural drawings are used by architects and others for a number of purposes: to develop a design idea into a coherent proposal,…

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WORDS OF THE WEEK – SEPTEMBER 30, 2010

These are terms from the world of ADOBE CONSTRUCTION: ADOBE Adobe is a natural building material made from sand, clay, water, and some kind of fibrous or organic material (sticks, straw, and/or manure), which is shaped into bricks using frames and dried in the sun. It is similar to cob and mudbrick. Adobe structures are extremely durable and…

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WORDS OF THE WEEK – AUGUST 12, 2010

These are terms from the world of WORLD EXPOSITIONS. WORLD’S FAIR, WORLD FAIR, WORLD EXPOSITION, INTERNATIONAL EXPOSITION OR EXPO The first World Fair was held in the Crystal Palace in London in 1851 with the title ‘Great Exhibition of the Worlds of Industry of All Nations’. This exhibit was meant to showcase participating countries’ manufactured…

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WORDS OF THE WEEK – JUNE 15, 2010

These are terms from the world of multi-family residences. ROW HOUSE, TERRACE HOUSE OR TOWNHOUSE A style of medium-density housing that originated in Europe in the late 17th century, where a row of identical or mirror-image houses share side walls. BROWNSTONE, BRICK ROW HOUSE, OR EASTERN TOWNHOUSE 19th century-style house, usually having 4 or 5…

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