Restoration Glossary

Term Definition
Barge Board

Barge board, also sometimes known as verge board, is an exterior trim board covering a rafter which extends beyond a gable wall along the edge of the roof from gable peak to eave. It is often embellished and decorative. Use of ornate barge boards is a particularly common and distinctive feature of Carpenter Gothic and Gothic Revival homes from the mid-nineteenth century.

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Beaux Arts
The Beaux Arts style is based on French architecture of the late 19th century. Beaux Arts buildings are usually of light-colored masonry and often display classical detailing such as columns or pilasters. While they have many of the same details found on other classically inspired buildings, Beaux Arts buildings are characterized by their preponderance of surface decoration, which can include decorative garlands, floral patterns, or shield motifs. Roof-line balustrades of masonry are also common.
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Belvederes

A small, square cupola that functions as a lookout tower, located at the top of a building. Belvederes are characteristic of Italianate houses.

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Board-and-batten

A wooden siding treatment in which wide, vertically oriented boards are separated by narrower strips of wood called “battens,” which form the joints between the boards. 

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Bungalow

A Bungalow is a type of house which became popular in the United States at the beginning of the twentieth century and often exhibits Craftsman stylistic details (thus the term Craftsman Bungalow). Bungalows are typically modest in size and one-and-one-half stories tall. Other commonly found features include: raised foundations, simple floor plans, deep porches, and gently-sloped roofs with wide overhangs.

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