Widow's walk


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Widow's walk

A rooftop platform or narrow walkway, used originally as a lookout for incoming ships in colonial coastal houses.

widow’s walk

A flat roof deck or raised observation platform sometimes having a view of the sea, situated on the roof of a house and enclosed by a balustrade or railing; the horizontal roof surface is usually formed by truncating the top of a hipped roof; also called a captain’s walk.
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Gray Widow's Walk represents an enormous milestone for me," Dan said.
Vulter took office last spring as co-president of the Friends of the Asa Waters Mansion, a volunteer organization dedicated to preserving the historic home, she was determined to have the refurbished widow's walk put back in place.
This is the frosting on the cake of the Asa Waters Mansion, this widow's walk," Ms.
The Friends of Asa Waters Mansion embarked in May on an ambitious fundraising campaign to restore the widow's walk and recreate "the most beautiful home in all of the Blackstone Valley," as Ms.
Millbury Savings Bank and the Millbury Women's Club signed on as major corporate sponsors to bring back the widow's walk.
Other options for the CPA funds include a request for funds to preserve the widow's walk on the roof of a local historic district home which was badly damaged by fire; 25 acres and a camp with some wetlands in the Ware River watershed near the Phillipston wildlife area; and a parcel near the Town Common.
For example, she said, there is a widow's walk on the roof, a feature seldom built on inland homes, which was damaged by the fire.
These aeries, variously called widow's walks, crow's nests, or observation decks, are highly prized and well used, and provide one more example of Seaside's stated goal: variety of design within a common vocabulary.
Along with quasi-third storeys, such as periscopic turrets or widow's walks, the usual method involves building a house with a large attic, and then subsequent to final inspection quietly converting the void into a living area.
The assemblage is punctuated by details that evoke a New England sea captain's town: a cupola, two widow's walks, plenty of dormers, two red brick chimneys, and a tower that resembles a lighthouse.
There are plenty of ladders and stair shafts elsewhere to take one up to balconies and widow's walks with incredible views.