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Demilune Window

A demilune ("half-moon") window is semicircular, or in the shape of some lesser segment of a circle, normally oriented with the segmental shape on top and the straight edge horizontal on the bottom.


Dentils

Dentils are tooth-like (hence the name) ornaments used in the cornice compositions of main and porch roofs and gables. They occur most frequently on high-style Georgian houses but are also seen on Federal and Early Classical Revival houses.


Diaphram arch

A transverse, wall-bearing arch that divides a vault or a ceiling into compartments, providing a kind of firebreak.


Diaper Work


Donjon

The principal tower of a castle; keep.


Door Handles


Door Hinges


Door Knockers


Doors

See also: Letter Box.


Dutch Gable


Dormer

A dormer is a window housed in a gable or similar structure affixed to the sloping part of a roof, providing natural light and ventilation to the rooms beneath the roof. Since such attic or garret rooms have traditionally been used for sleeping, the dormer gets its name from the French verb dormer: to sleep.


Double-hung window

Double-hung windows have two sashes which, when both are closed, are positioned one immediately above the other. Both sashes can be slid up and down in tracks, but are kept from dropping to the sill by counterweights attached by cords or chains and concealed in the window casing. By the nature of their design, double-hung windows can be opened to a maximum of 50% of the area of the window opening. Double-hung windows have been the most common American residential window design since the 18th century.


Dressing

Carved stonework around openings.


Drum-tower

A large, circular tower, usually low and squat.


Drystone

Unmortared masonry.

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