Illustrated Architecture Dictionary
A diagonal support placed across the angle between two members that are joined; serves to stiffen and strengthen the members
Found in Bungalow, Stick, Arts & Crafts styles
I study what I call historic carpentry and I would like to comment that a knee as in knee brace is historically a bent piece of wood, so a knee brace is a "brace or corbel component that uses a bent piece of wood," as in this photo.
These were frequently used to save precious space in ships and are often called "ship's knees." Today, the term knee brace is frequently used as you have defined it, so it may controversial to try to go back to using the historically correct meaning!
You are lucky to live in such a architecturally significant city. I have noticed much of the progressive architectural ideas published in the 19th century builder's books came by way of Buffalo.
- Jim Derby, Waldoboro, Maine
Examples from Buffalo architecture:
- Illustration above: 298 Jersey Street
- 148 Depew Avenue
- 232 Crescent Avenue
- 416 Parkside Avenue
- 442 Parkside Avenue
- 144 Edward Street
- 166 Summit Ave.
- Edward Webster House, 164 Lincoln Pkwy
- Ross Funeral Home
- 1920 Niagara St.