Illustrated Architecture Dictionary


A concave molding,

Coving / cove ceiling / coved ceiling: A curved surface forming a junction between a ceiling and a wall

Coved vault / cloistered arch / cloistered vault - A vault composed of four quarter-cylindrical surfaces or coves, meeting in vertical diagonal planes

Cavetto: Coved molding. Example: Egyptian cornice

Cove lighting:  Method of concealed lighting in which lights are tucked inside the coves

Examples from Buffalo architecture:

Other examples:

Photos and their arrangement 2002 Chuck LaChiusa
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