Photo: Nancy Andrews

Sunny Side Up

When looking at gables, take note of their position relative to the façade, their cladding, and the extent of their ornamentation. These details inform a house's architecture.

When the gable appears on the side or end of a structure, as shown here, the dwelling is considered a side-gabled house. This gable end is clad in clapboard and shingles, suggesting a Victorian-era house. In this instance, a porch has been added to the gable end, and ornamentation on the porch is consistent with the detailing found along the overhanging rake of the gable.

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