Illustrated Architecture Dictionary
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Broken pediment


A pediment open or broken at the apex, base or both, and the gap often filled with an urn, cartouche, or other ornament

Found in classical Greek and Roman architecture and derivatives, including Colonial Revival, Georgian Revival, Neoclassical, Italianate, Italian Renaissance Revival, Beaux Arts Classical styles

On windows, broken pediments are found in Colonial Revival, Georgian Revival, Neoclassical, Queen Anne styles

One type of broken pediment is swan's neck


Used in furniture

"Swan's neck" is referred to as bonnet top

Examples from Buffalo:

Other examples:

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