Illustrated Architecture Dictionary

Cushion capital

A capital resembling a cushion that is pressed down because of the weight on it

In medieval, esp.Norman, architecture, a cubic capital with its lower angles rounded off. The flat part is sometimes carved, as in the illustration above.

Cushion capitals can also be found in Richardsonian Romanesque style

Examples from Buffalo architecture

Photos and their arrangement © 2002 Chuck LaChiusa
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