broken pediment


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broken pediment

A pediment with its raking cornice split apart at the center, and the gap often filled with a cartouche, urn, or other ornament.
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broken pediment

broken pediment
1. A pediment whose sloping or curving sides terminate before reaching the pediment’s highest point, resulting in an opening that is often filled with an urn, cartouche, or other ornament; sometimes called an open pediment or broken-apex pediment.
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With its ornate carving and attractive broken pediment, this looks much like an original entrance, well placed for the pedestrian path from the Church Street.
When the double entrance doors open underneath the vast porch entrance with its broken pediment and mighty columns, a whole landscape unfolds through the full height glazing, natural light reflected in the marble flooring with its compass motif, framed by twin staircases to either side, all picked out in gilt.
Proper space has been allocated to a real hall at the heart of the building, complete with flagged floor and the most delicate oak balustrading, There is impressive broken pediment detail over the two front-facing reception rooms, the sitting room and study.
The central front door is framed by a panelled and pillared surround with broken pediment and classic fanlight, the construction is of fine, mellowed brick and there is even interest in the arrangement of contrasting roofing tiles.