Illustrated Architecture Dictionary

Belt course
Also called stringcourse

A molding or projecting course running horizontally along the face of a building

Course: a continuous row or layer of stones, tile, brick, shingles, etc., in a wall

Emphasizes the junction between floors.

Water table: A projecting stringcourse, molding, or ledge placed so as to divert rainwater from a building.

Found in Renaissance, Federal, Georgian Revival, Italianate, Italian Renaissance Revival, Colonial Revival, Beaux Arts Classical, Second Empire, styles

Examples from Buffalo architecture:

Other examples:

Photos and their arrangement 2002 Chuck LaChiusa
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