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Georgian Window Cornices

Cornices. One important fact can be learnt from the study of the best art of the past, viz. that a bold crowning cornice is a most effective termination to a building and will give it character and interest. A building of simple design often becomes a fine composition by means of a well-proportioned cornice, as is seen in the plain yet masterly design, by Inigo Jones, of St. Paul's Church, Covent Garden, which he himself called the handsomest barn in Europe.

The stone or wood cornices of the Georgian period do not exhibit much inventiveness, but they were well constructed and projected from two to three feet. They thus serve a useful purpose in keeping the building dry by preventing falling rain from soaking down the walls and entering the windows on the upper floor.

Picture 246 below has this principle in view, and the central feature of this house is typical of Georgian architecture; the cornice is carried up into a deep pediment, with a low window lighting one of the upper rooms.

Georgian architecture
Georgian architecture.

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