Why the windows in an "eyebrow Colonial" are not eyebrows
We live in an 1850s farmhouse that has what we thought were called "eyebrow" windows. But they don't look anything like pictures we've seen in various articles about eyebrow windows. Are they eyebrows or not?
— James, Pleasant Mount, PA
Steve Thomas replies: Actually, they're not, but it's easy to see why you're confused. Your house is an example of what's often called an "eyebrow Colonial," a 1½-story design with small fixed windows in the walls of the upper story, just below the eaves. The windows are small because the walls of the upper story aren't full height. But they aren't eyebrows in the way the term is commonly used nowadays. As we pointed out in a recent article, an eyebrow window is typically located in the roof or at the eaves line of a house and has a curve along its top.