Today I spent half an hour – before hypothermia set in – photographing all the decorative bits I could see on any non-ecclesiastical building. These are not the best or the most beautiful examples, but they are ones that I see every day.
And now I’m going to learn what they’re called.
GABLES – some bordering on Dutch or Flemish gables with their curves, and another with a memory of a stepped gable:
and some with finials:
Triangular and segmental pediments side by side:
Broken segmental pediment:
And a nice one with shell decoration:
PILASTERS and a corbel supporting a colonnette:
CAPITALS, AKROTERIA AND MOULDINGS (Greek key/meander and egg & dart)
CO-OPERATIVE SYMBOL with scrolls, pilasters, Ionic capitals, entablature, shell . . . the works:
and my current favourite – early 20th-century barely-there classicism: