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, coign, coigne
1. an external corner of a wall
2. a stone forming the external corner of a wall
3. another name for keystone


One of a series of stones or bricks used to mark or visually reinforce the exterior corners of a building; often through a contrast of size, shape, color or material, which may be imitated in non-load-bearing materials.

rustic quoin

A stone quoin, projecting out from the main surface of the wall with rough, split faces and chamfered edges, to give the appearance of rugged strength.


(building construction)
One of the members forming an outside corner or exterior angle of a building, and differentiated from the wall by color, texture, size, or projection.
(graphic arts)
An expandable device used to secure type and printing plates in a chase.

coin, quoin

1.The corner of a building.
2. The stones or bricks which form the corner.
3. A wedge.

quoin, coign, coin

stone quoins set in brickwork
In masonry, a hard stone or brick used, with similar ones, to reinforce an external corner or edge of a wall or the like; often distinguished decoratively from adjacent masonry; may be imitated in non-load-bearing materials. Occasionally imitated, for decorative purposes, by wood that has been finished to look like masonry.
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Completed the repair within 17 days, which compares favorably to other near-term fixes or nearly 60 days involving cutting out the concrete and replacing the quoins, which is seldom attempted.
Outside, Greenwich Commons is highlighted by an elegant brick facade with accent quoins and full perimeter windows.
Well House and Stamford House are of natural stone construction, crafted in a traditional coursed stone style with large hand tooled quoins and window jambs.
Its quoins (corner stones) also suggest an earlier architectural period.
One-foot tall crown moldings, 8-foot columns with connecting arched tops, large door surrounds, quoins and custom fountains transform a home or yard into something palatial.
Reconstruction entailed cutting, trimming and matching old stone for walls, quoins, lintels and roofing and dismantling, underpinning and rebuilding the site's historic dry-stone boundary walls.
And what of the white cubic Dean House with its curious combination of brick quoins and string course below, and 'advanced' corner windows (made possible by modern technology) (p22) above?
Rushy Gair, a beautifully converted and refurbished former farm building, has hand-crafted architectural features, fine stone arches hand cut by our stone team, natural stone quoins, heads and cills, fine exposed antique brickwork and stonework, feature fireplaces, antique pitch pine beams and trusses, all bringing immense character and charm.
Built of brick under a pitched tiled roof, it has a Georgian-style exterior with stone quoins or cornerstones, masonry detailing round the windows and an extended stone entrance porch.
The main range with quoins on all four corners seems in origin to be a tower house with a first floor hall over a basement and perhaps with two more above that.