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Adam, Robert (1728 to 1792

Adam style dog grate - Photo courtesy of rosedalefigures.comRobert Adam was appointed Architect to the King in 1762. Along with his brothers John, James and William they were responsible for a distinct architectural style of their own. These Scottish architects and interior designers redesigned the area between Charing Cross and the Thames, London.
(photo courtesy of rosedalefigures.com)


Arch

A cuved structural member that spans an opening and is generally composed of wedge-shaped blocks that transmit the downward pressure out laterally.


Archivolt

One of a series of concentric moldings on a Romanesque or a Golthic arch.


Art Deco

Low-relief geometrical designs, often with parallel straight lines, zigzags, chevrons, and stylized floral motives. Stucco, smooth-faced stone, concrete foundations, and metal railings are common materials associated with this style. This style had two phases: Zigzag Moderne of the 1920s and Steamline Moderne of the 1930s and 1940s. The style was particularly popular for banks, movie houses, and courthouses. Eau Claire still has an Art Deco bank (exterior and interior), a movie house (exterior only), and a few houses of this style. Typical features include:

  • two stories
  • stucco walls, painted white or light pastels
  • glass blocks
  • steel casement windows
  • small round windows
  • curved corner walls
  • concrete basement walls


Ashlar Masonry

Uniform, rectangular blocks of stone with parallel faces, as used in the construction of classical Greek and Roman buildings. The word "ashlar" shares a common Latin root with "axis," probably relating to the fact that uniform stone blocks can be laid in courses having a straight horizontal axis.


Attic


Aumbry

A recess to hold sacred vessels, often found in castle chapels.


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