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Dutch gable / Flemish gable

A gable having a pediment whose outline contains two or more curves on each side of its apex.

A gable whose sides have a shape made up of one or more curves and has a pediment at the top.

The idea for fancy gables seems to have originated in places like Amsterdam in Holland or Lubeck in Germany where many buildings have their gable ends overlooking canals and quaysides.

The earliest designs of fancy gables consisted of a series of brick steps along the top diagonal edges of the gables.  These so-called crow-stepped (or corbie gables) of the late Tudor period were superseded by styles that consisted mainly of curves, now often referred to as Dutch gables.

See  Amsterdam (Netherlands) Canal House Gables  for types of Dutch gables.

Examples from Buffalo architecture:

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Photos and their arrangement 2002 Chuck LaChiusa
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