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Historic House Quiz

 

Mt. Lebanon’s new design guide [1] is a great resource for identifying the style of your historic home and making architecturally appropriate updates. Can you answer the following questions?  

1. A balustrade is:

a) A balcony sometimes found on the second story of colonial homes

b) A row of supports and a handrail, usually on a porch

c) A  round or oval room that resembles a ballroom

d) A winding walkway often used to stroll through a garden

2. A quoin is:

a) A large decorative stone at the corner of a building

b) A decorative circle that resembles a coin and is mounted above a doorway.

c) A French casement window

d) A chimney cap that prevents raccoons from entering your home

3. A transom window is:

a) An interior storm window

b) A fanlight above an exterior entry door

c) An aluminum clad window that has replaced the original steel casement window

d) A horizontal, paned window above an entry door, often accompanied by sidelights

4. A gabled dormer is:

a) A long narrow third-floor room that is used as a bedroom

b) A steep roof

c ) A small window that protrudes from the roof

d) A skylight

 

Answers:

1. A balustrade is: b) a row of supports and a handrail, usually on a porch   /iStock

 

2. A quoin is: a) A large decorative stone at the corner of a building

 

3. A transom window is: d) A horizontal, paned window above an entry door, often accompanied by sidelights

 

4. A gabled dormer is: c) A small window that protrudes from the roof