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word of the week: DENTILS

2011 April 17
by Caroline Nye Stevens

DENTILS: a classical Greek decorative molding motif consisting of a row of small rectangular shaped pieces placed closely together  — just like teeth.

Dentils are found everywhere — inside and out of older classically designed buildings in Chicago, and especially beneath roof lines, cornices or pediments. Pictured here are dentils found on an apartment building in Logan Square.

Dentils, Chicago

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