Illustrated Architecture Dictionary

Hoodmold
Also called drip lintel, hood molding, dripstone, label


A projecting molding above a door, window and archway to throw off rain

Label molding is a square-arched hoodmold

Lintel:  A supporting wood or stone beam across the top of an opening, such as that of a window or door or fireplace

Originated during the Romanesque period to protect carved moldings and to direct rainwater away from the opening.

It appears almost universally over exterior arches in the Gothic architecture of France, Germany, and Spain; and in England it was commonly used in interior work, especially for nave arcades.

Found in Gothic Revival, Second Empire, Italianate, Tudor Revival styles


Examples from Buffalo architecture:

Other examples:


Photos and their arrangement 2002 Chuck LaChiusa
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