Illustrated Architecture Dictionary
ScupperAn opening in a wall or parapet for draining off water from a roof
Scuppers are usually placed at or near ground level, and allow rain or liquids to flow off the side of the open-air structure, instead of pooling within the walls.
Buildings with railed rooftops can construct scuppers to let rainwater drain off, instead of pooling within the railing of the roof. Scuppers can also be placed in a parapet, for the same purpose.
Gargoyle: European Christian scupper
See also: Illustrations of hand carved natural stone scuppers (June 2011)
Examples from Buffalo:
- Mortuary Chapel and Receiving Vault, Oakwood Cemetery, Syracuse, NY
- Parthenon, Acropolis, Greece
- Museum, Olympia, Greece
- Arc de Triomphe, Paris, France
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