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.
Vega had admired Hine's work on singer-songwriter Duncan Sheik's album, and she agreed to do a demo of the song "Widow's Walk."
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Casey Key, FL, July 18, 2014 --(PR.com)-- Gulf and Bay views from the widow's walk are among the features in this newly listed Casey Key home, offered by RE/MAX Platinum Realty for $2.35 million.
New England weather, however, took its toll on the mansion's most recently constructed widow's walk, built in 1999 by students at Blackstone Valley Regional Vocational Technical High School, and the peeling, rotted structure was removed in 2009 for repair.
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.
MILLBURY - The Friends of the Asa Waters Mansion have started a fundraising effort to restore the widow's walk at the mansion.
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.