Illustrated Architecture Dictionary

PAIR a pit, -pet

A low guarding wall at any point of sudden drop, as at the edge of a terrace, roof, battlement, balcony, etc.

Latin: "parare" = to guard + "pectus" = breast, i.e., breast-high battlements in balconies, platforms, and bridges

Parapets on flat roofs (wall extends up beyond roof edge) are found in Beaux Arts Classical, Italian Renaissance Revival styles

Parapets on gabled roofs are found in Tudor Revival, Queen Anne, Richardsonian Romanesque styles

Examples from Buffalo architecture

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Photos and their arrangement 2002 Chuck LaChiusa
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