Illustrated Architecture Dictionary

Flying buttress
BUTT res


Masonry support consisting usually of a pier or buttress standing apart from the main structure and connected to it by an arch to take the thrust of the vaulting

Commonly found in Gothic and Gothic Revival styles

Types of buttresses: Pier ... Flying ... Scroll ... Curved ... Triangular

See also: Church Vocabulary


Examples from Buffalo:

Other examples:


Photos and their arrangement 2002 Chuck LaChiusa
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