This website makes references to a number of terms that may not be familiar to you. Use the links below to explore this glossary.


Eastlake (1880 - 1900)

Most Eastlake buildings would be classified as Queen Anne were it not for the distinct type of ornamentation that consists of numerous porch posts, railings, and balusters turned on a lathe. The style also features large curved brackets, scroll and chisel work, as other elaborate decorative elements located at gable ends, pediments and anywhere else it can be placed. The style is named after Charles Locke Eastlake (1833 - 1906), an English interior designer and architectural critic.



portion of a sloping roof that overhangs a wall



exterior face of a building (includes the front, side and back walls)


Elizabethan Revival

post-1900 revival of an earlier English style of architecture named after Elizabeth I (1533-1603);

typified by large, mullioned, rectangular windows, bay windows and half-timbering



upper horizontal part of a Classical order, consisting of the cornice, frieze and architrave; similar to a beam