Illustrated Architecture Dictionary

Bow window

A curved window that sticks out from the wall of a house

Bow windows are designed to create space by projecting beyond the exterior wall of a building, and to provide a wider view of the garden or street outside, and typically combine four or more casement windows.

Bow windows form a gentle outward curve.

Bow windows may be found on any level of a building.

Bow-front house: bow extends from top to bottom of the house. The bow-front fashion dates to the Federal period.

See also: Bay window

Examples from Buffalo architecture:

Other examples:

Photos and their arrangement 2002 Chuck LaChiusa
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