Illustrated Architecture Dictionary

Box beam

A beam built up from boards; has a hollow rectangular cross section.

A box beam ceiling looks as if the beams have been placed in boxes.

Made with plywood.

Hollow beams are often used for installing lights and hiding wires or pipes during a build or remodel.

Commonly found in Arts & Crafts dining rooms.

Not to be confused with coffering.

Examples from Buffalo:

Photos and their arrangement 2004 Chuck LaChiusa
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