Today we show you an example of a common architectural element known as a “broken pediment.” The pediment is one of the oldest decorative elements in Western architecture, dating back to ancient Greece; pediments are usually found at the top of Greek or Greek Revival buildings as well as over doors and windows. A pediment is “broken” when its apex is interrupted, usually by some other decorative element. Georgian buildings often have broken pediments whose sides end in scroll shapes, much like this one over a window. Where did we spot it?
Answer next week.
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Last week’s Hidden Treasure Hunt answer: One reader did correctly identify the mosaic as being the product of Henry Mercer’s Moravian Pottery and Tile Works in Doylestown, now a living history museum that still produces tiles. But no one identified where it was located. The mosaic is one of a series of mosaics celebrating the making of fabrics and clothing found in the arch over the entrance to 1424 Chestnut Street, built in 1904 as the home of carriage-trade clothier Jacob Reed’s Sons. We’ll have more about this building and its architect, Will Price, in Saturday’s “Buildings Then and Now” feature.