Illustrated Architecture Dictionary

Dormer


A window in a sloping roof, usually that of a sleeping-apartment, hence the name

A structure projecting from a sloping roof usually housing a vertical
window that is placed in a small gable, or containing a ventilating louver

Hipped: Hipped dormers are found, for example, in Prairie, Shingle styles

Gabled: Gabled dormers are found in Arts & Crafts, Colonial Revival, Federal, Georgian Revival, Gothic Revival, Queen Anne, Stick, Tudor Revival styles. Sometimes called dog-house dormer.

Clipped gable/jerkinhead dormer

Shed: Shed dormers are found, for example, in Arts & Crafts, Colonial Revival styles

Arched: Arched top dormers are found, for example, in Second Empire, Beaux Arts Classical styles

Round: Round or oval dormers are found, for example, in Beaux Arts Classical style

Oval: Round or oval dormers are found, for example, in Beaux Arts Classical style

Pedimented: Pedimented dormers are found, for example, in Colonial Revival, Federal, Georgian Revival styles

Eyebrow: Eyebrow dormers are found, for example, in Richardsonian Romanesque, Shingle styles

Through-the-cornice: Through-the-cornice dormer are found, for example, in Colonial Revival, Georgian Revival, Neoclassical, Second Empire styles



Examples from Buffalo architecture:

Other examples:


Photos and their arrangement 2002 Chuck LaChiusa
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