Illustrated Architecture Dictionary

Voussoir
voo SWAR

One of the wedge-shaped blocks forming the curved parts of an arch or vault

The central voussoir, which sets the arch, is the keystone

From Latin "volvare," meaning to turn or roll

Found in Georgian Revival, Renaissance Revival, Romanesque Revival styles


Examples from Buffalo architecture:

Other examples:


Photos and their arrangement 2002 Chuck LaChiusa
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