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The Beak Gable

Most of you who know me are aware that I LOVE architecture, especially if it's old, European...or different! 

When I first visited Amsterdam in 1998, I was mesmerized by all the gables on the canal houses.  This year I decided to find out more about them.

There are SIX (6) different gable styles.  This first one, the beak/triangular gable, is relatively unadorned and was used in simple storehouses.  Little by little, over time, I'll show the other 5.

In this particular pic, the chimney comes for free.  I couldn't resist it.    :)

[Today Donica and I are in New York City on vacation!]


The Beak Gable

Most of you who know me are aware that I LOVE architecture, especially if it's old, European...or different! 

When I first visited Amsterdam in 1998, I was mesmerized by all the gables on the canal houses.  This year I decided to find out more about them.

There are SIX (6) different gable styles.  This first one, the beak/triangular gable, is relatively unadorned and was used in simple storehouses.  Little by little, over time, I'll show the other 5.

In this particular pic, the chimney comes for free.  I couldn't resist it.    :)

[Today Donica and I are in New York City on vacation!]


comments (25)

well composed Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Dotun.
OooH Ginnie. Me like. Interesting information here.
Ginnie Hart: You're a sweetheart, Busola. smile
  • Martin
  • USA
  • 25 Apr 2007, 00:58
The textures on those chimneys are great. Do you have a shot of just them? Interesting information about the gables. I am looking forward to the rest of the series.
Ginnie Hart: No, Martin, I didn't take a shot of just the chimneys, but it would certainly be easy to do a crop of them alone. Good idea. smile
Why can't "modern" architecture incorporate gems like this? Very well done, Ginnie! Love the details.
Ginnie Hart: Thanks a million, Kay. I totally agree about the old architecture. I hope we never lose it!
Nice shot Ginnie. And thats something both of us have in common - our love for architecture, though I'm not a clockaholic grin

As always, I'm glad to see the information that you have given with the shot, nice to learn about the gable styles n looking forward to the other 5 smile
Ginnie Hart: HA! Not a clockaholic, Thomas? What's wrong with you! grin

Glad you're looking forward to the other 5 gables. I love finding stuff out like this!
  • Jimbo
  • Dublin, Ireland
  • 25 Apr 2007, 04:39
Great shot Ginnie. Looks like the nice weather we had in Ireland earlier in the month reached as far as the Netherlands too.
Ginnie Hart: Oh yes, Jimbo. We had fabulous weather the week after Easter. Everyone told us we were lucky that it didn't rain once.
  • petra
  • 25 Apr 2007, 05:48
Funny that i am reading info on your blog about things i should know allready...but i dont!! lol
Lovely capture Ginnie!
Petra
Ginnie Hart: That's always how it works, Petra. We seldom know about the stuff in our own backyards! Hope you'll correct me if I end up saying something that isn't right, however. You know how the books are. We just assume they're right!
Interesting picture. What a blue sky and the chimneys make me think of flowers in a pot... I'm too dreamy I think... I should stop chocolate for breakfast... smile
Ginnie Hart: HA! You can be dreamy whenever you want, Florence. smile
Another interesting photo. I like reading the information you add to explain things happening in your pictures also. I like it!
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, DD. I think that's how my mind works. If something is interesing to me, I just assume it'll be interesting to everyone else. grin
  • Julischka
  • the centre of EU
  • 25 Apr 2007, 07:46
smileLooks a little bit like a huge bin for pencils. wink Well seen.
Ginnie Hart: Good image, Julia. You're right! Thanks.
Very clear picture. I learn something new everyday (Gable)
Ginnie Hart: Awww. Thanks for saying so, Shakara.
  • paul
  • 25 Apr 2007, 09:04
those chimneys are amazing
Ginnie Hart: I know, Paul. I could have had a pic of them alone! grin
Haha, love that chimney smile
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Gustav. I just had to leave it in, even though I was showing a gable style.
I love the big hooks on these buildings
Are they still in use? for lifting furniture and stuff.
Great looking chimney smile
Ginnie Hart: I love those hooks, too, Magnus. And oh yes, they are definitely used for hoisting up big items. The staircases in these houses/buildings are so narrow and winding, you'd never be able to move some things up or down them!
good sky party for this subject
Ginnie Hart: Sky party! I like that, Chantal. smile
Here the chimney, that is very cool, makes the shot for me...
Ginnie Hart: HA! I think it has made the shot for everyone, Aksel, more than the gable. grin
  • Ruth
  • Michigan, USA
  • 25 Apr 2007, 15:28
I appreciate the education and look forward to more! Love this photo, which is so cool with the chimney stacks! smile
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Ruth. As I told someone else, I just assume that if something is interesting to me it will be intresting to everyone else. grin
il y en a qq unes de cheminée! étonnant!
Ginnie Hart: Everyne is really liking that chimney, O-P. It really is quite amazing. smile
A good remember of one of my walk along amsterdam with these old traders houses - thank you Ginnie smile smile
Ginnie Hart: Glad to bring back some memories for you, Zeb. smile
Such an interesting shot. First, what is the hook for? I'd like to hang a flower basket from it, I think. The chimney, with its profusion of pipes, adds a lot of interest to the photo. Well done.
Ginnie Hart: The hooks on these buildings, Red Pen, are for hoisting up large items. The staircases in these houses/buildings are so narrow and winding, you'd never be able to move some things up or down them! And I've seen them in action, so maybe one day I'll show a pic.
Its the chimney that makes this for me Ginnie smile
Ginnie Hart: HA! For you and alomst everyone else, Chris. smile
  • Mal
  • 25 Apr 2007, 20:40
were you throwing rocks at those chimneys Ginnie? Were they too straight for your taste? lol mal
Ginnie Hart: I promise, Mal, I was being a good girl. My mama taught me well--to never throw rocks. grin
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 25 Apr 2007, 22:21
Ah the promised gables. Your picture has astounding clarity and detail. It seems to me your freeby is drawing more attention than the gable smile
Great composition as well.
The first time I saw the arm with the hook on a gable in Holland, I did not know what it was for. Some dutch refer to it as the piano hoist. Since the different levels of one house are like apartments and house different families - you preferably hoist the big and heavy stuff (like the piano) with a rope and pulley to your level's window.
Ginnie Hart: HA! The freebie has definitely won the day, Louis. As I've replied to some other comments, the staircases in so many of these buildings are so narrow and winding that you could NEVER get large items up or down them. So those hook-pulleys are definitely handy, if not totally necessary. I have pics of them in action so maybe I'll post one eventually.
  • Dave Rowtree
  • Nottingham, UK
  • 29 May 2007, 17:03
I'll be really interested in seeing a picture of one of these in action. I recently had great trouble trying to get a sofa into a neighbours front room (we're on a first floor flat, the neighbour posted a comment about the guy from Sofa Workshop as he was a gent in helping)

We could of really done with one of these gables!
  • Astrid
  • The Netherlands
  • 21 Feb 2008, 17:30
Did you ever notice that the paintjob is excactly 'on the border' of one property, this is such a sharp picture, this is Holland....very well spotted and captured.
Ginnie Hart: Yes, I noticed, Astrid, and smiled. How else would we know when one stopped and another started?! grin

You are such a sweetheart to have backtracked to here. Woman, you are something else!

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