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Eyebrow Dormers: Architecture with Attitude!

Welcome to CIRCA School, in which Amanda uncovers the fascinating facts behind everyone’s favorite old house details. Blink and you’ll miss today’s lesson on Eyebrow Dormers!
Have you ever gazed at a home and thought it kind of looks like a face? Well, you’re not alone! Some homes are so full of personality that their architectural elements demand to be named after our very own features. One standout is the aptly named Eyebrow Dormer!

circleMost often found on Shingle and Richardsonian Romanesque style homes of the late 19th century, eyebrow dormers are just that: dormers that resemble eyebrows! Their curved shape is perfectly suited to assymetrical, whimsical Victorian designs. With Shingle style homes – where decorative detailing wasn’t as outrageous as it was on other Victorian styles – the eyebrow dormer managed to add a bit of playfulness up top.
I love how roof shingles effortlessly glide over these peculiar dormers, almost as if they could disappear back into the roof with just one blink. Some can barely be seen jutting out of the roof, while other more dramatic ones really command your attention (just like your grandfather’s famous bushy brows!).



Amanda is an historic preservationist living in New York City with a particular fondness for fixer-uppers. She can be spotted checking out quirky historic details here, there, and everywhere in her handmade dresses. Every time Amanda sees a cozy room with large windows and beautiful built-ins she can’t help but imagine her very own sewing nook with oldies music playing in the background.


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