Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Window Views #4

These windows in and around my neighborhood caught my eye so I photographed them and then tried to find out something about them.


A dormer is a structural element of a building that protrudes from the plane of a sloping roof surface. Dormers are used, either in original construction or as later additions, to create usable space in the roof of a building by adding headroom and usually also by enabling addition of windows.

Often conflated with the term 'dormer', a dormer window is a window set into the dormer. Like skylights, dormer windows are a source of light and ventilation for top floors, but unlike skylights (which are flush with the roof surface) they also increase the amount of headroom in the room and allow for more usable space.

The arched window structure in the center of three windows seems to have a square window pane behind. The decorative header of the dormer seems to have been originally created.

The double hung windows below the dormer face an open balcony.

Double semi-circular arched windows with rounded mouldings.

This window is from Flushing Town Hall which was and is an historically significant building, a NYC landmark, built in 1862.It's also on the National Register of Historic Places. It opened officially in 1864, the second year of the Civil War, and was designed in the early Romanesque Revival style of its time. The building was used, variously, as a mustering site for Union soldiers, a bank, jail, grand ballroom, a public assembly hall, a setting for light opera and traveling theatrical productions, and to house civic offices.

Hope you enjoyed the views of these windows. Don't forget to post your own and then come here and sign Mr. Linky and leave a comment. Then go visit other participants. We all like visitors, right?


Ria said...

Wow, number 1!!!! I always enjoy reading the narrative of your posts. I never really knew there was so much to windows.

Mojo said...

Seems like I might have known this at one time, but I'd forgotten it. I could totally dig living in a house like the one in your top photo though! But it'd have to be at the beach. That house was made for the beach.

Robin said...

I love the arched window with the little accent circle at the top. Great find Mary.

Summer Stock Sunday is starting soon - come check it out!

sunnymama said...

I love both of these window pictures, but especially the second.

Greyscale Territory said...

Stunning variety of window shapes. I did not know there was a special name for an upper window near the roofline! Very interesting!

Simone said...

I combine my Window Views with WW - Wordless Windows
Check it out.

Jeri said...

Love your windows this week!

Wildeve said...

Fascinating info on the architecture.(sp?)(I wish comment boxes had spell check) This is a great idea for a meme.
I hope to join the fun soon!
I have given you the One Lovely Blog Award to introduce my readers to your blog. Come to my blog
to claim it, (save pic and post to your own blog)and pass it on if you would like. Award protocol is new to me, so feel free to handle this as you see fit.

Terri said...

Those are great windows Mary.

I decided to join you for the first time!

Lew said...

Great shots, Mary! I like the Town Hall windows, but I would not want to clean or paint them!

Dianne said...

I love that top house!! and Mojo is right, it is made for the beach. Ahhhh - I can feel the ocean breeze and taste the margarita now

Love Flushing Town Hall too - I love the brick.

thanks for always giving us so much interesting info to go with the beautiful photos

Shey said...

Beautiful house, fantastic captures. Learning a lot of window styles from you. Thanks! :)

kaye said...

I enjoy the information you post along with your picture as well. I love the dormer window, but the other is a striking peice as well. See the view from this window

Nicole said...

Those windows are gorgeous!
I like that style.
I didn't know about the Info - thanks a lot :)!

Jientje said...

I am going to enjoy this meme.I love how you included some interesting facts about your windows!I love them all Mary!
I'm in for the first time now, and it looks like a lot of fun!!

Ivanhoe said...

Now I know what a dormer window is. Always learning something new here :o) Thanks, teach!

Samantha, Mr. Tigger and Maverick said...

Cool windows!! We would love to explore them both! Great pictures!
Your FL furiends,

Mo said...

The bedroom I grew up in had a dormer window, and I enjoyed looking out into the trees (and stepping out onto the roof too!).
The building that my store is in was built in 1864, and I just love to see architecture from that period. Thanks for sharing your pictures with us!
I don't have a pic of the outside of my store today, but I do have some other old buildings with great windows from that time period up at It's A Blog Eat Blog World, and if you want to see INSIDE the display windows, you can check out House Panthers and Purrchance To Dream for two different views of my display windows! Yes, I went window crazy today!

Annie said...

I remember having a dormer on an old house we lived in in Wisconsin years ago. It was in my parents' bedroom and I loved sitting in the window looking out on the park across the street.

Milo and Alfie said...

We like your windows and we've decided to have a go and join in this week. We'll be posting our window view tomorrow ~ we'll leave our linky then. We live in England.

Milo and Alfie said...

OK, we've posted!

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