Illustrated Architecture Dictionary
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
Label stop: The termination of a hoodmold (arched dripstone) in which the lower ends are turned away from the opening horizontally
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:
- Illustration above: St. Paul's Cathedral
- Church, 481 Linwood Avenue
- The Mansion on Delaware Avenue
- St. Louis R. C. Church
- 104 Chapin Pkwy.
- Benjamin W.Appleton House, 88 Lincoln Pkwy
- Holy Angels Academy / D'Youville College Montante Family Library
- With label molding: Stephen M. Clement House/Red Cross Building
- With label molding: St. John's Grace Episcopal Church