Illustrated Architecture Dictionary

TUR et

A small tower that is part of a building, usually round and corbeled from a corner

Sometimes octagonal in shape.

Sometimes rises above the roof line to create an extra storey

Sometimes contains a staircase

Turrets arose in the medieval period in castles and churches, usually for stairs or as watch towers, in which case they could also be called "échaugettes"

Common in Queen Anne, Eastlake, Romanesque styles

Examples from Buffalo architecture

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