Not your basic gabled dormer, this one features an intricate truss design, which is characteristic of houses with half-timbered details. Today, this look may be purely decorative, created simply with nailed-on boards and plaster. Originally, however, the wooden pieces were part of the house's basic structural skeleton. They helped brace the main beams so they didn't twist out of shape.
A boldly painted crest and simple gable decoration add to the look of this large dormer. Dentil molding, named for the way it resembles a row of teeth, emphasizes the triangular shape of the pediment. Instead of the full columns found on some pedimented dormers, this one has only shingle-covered side walls that bulge out on top.