Knowing what something is called makes it unique and more visible. Having a vocabulary lets us share our interest with others. And it’s fun to point to something and say to a friend, “Know what that’s called? It’s an oriel.”
Fun and a shared vocabulary are the reasons for a new section of Old-House Online. The entries are favorite architectural terms, defined in an old-house context, to help you “see” more clearly your house, your neighborhood, and the architecture of your travels.