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The Stepped Gable

Back to Amsterdam's canal-house gables, now that I'm here again!  (I'm sure I'll post more on NYC later!)

I have already posted the beak gable.  At the end of the 16th c. and beginning of the 17th, the vast majority of the buildings were embellished with this stepped gable (also called crow-stepped gable). 

BTW, I purposely did not crop out the right hand gable as seen from the side.  This was one of those corner buildings that had the gable on both façades.  I just wish I had shot this with more of the right side in the pic.  Oh well.

Four more gables to go.

[Today I'm in Amsterdam.]


The Stepped Gable

Back to Amsterdam's canal-house gables, now that I'm here again!  (I'm sure I'll post more on NYC later!)

I have already posted the beak gable.  At the end of the 16th c. and beginning of the 17th, the vast majority of the buildings were embellished with this stepped gable (also called crow-stepped gable). 

BTW, I purposely did not crop out the right hand gable as seen from the side.  This was one of those corner buildings that had the gable on both façades.  I just wish I had shot this with more of the right side in the pic.  Oh well.

Four more gables to go.

[Today I'm in Amsterdam.]


comments (24)

Hi Ginnie, I like a lot this beautiful city, I'm happy for you smile!
Ginnie Hart: That's so nice to say, Nicola. Thank you. It really IS a beautiful city! And the sun was shining when I arrived today. smile
I'm glad you left the right hand gable. It adds to the charm. The details of the architecture are fantastic.
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Red Pen. I'm glad you approve. smile
  • Martin
  • USA
  • 15 May 2007, 00:34
Thanks for the history lesson! I for one don't know anything about Dutch gables. This is a perfect shot to illustrate your description.
Ginnie Hart: Well, I didn't know a thing either, Martin. But once I found out we'd be living here half the year, I decided I needed to find out. Glad you don't mind that I'm passing it all on.
Artistic photo, Ginnie. I love the gables, and didn't know there was so much to learn about the different styles, etc. Thank you for providing that information. smile
Ginnie Hart: It's been lots of fun for me, Kay, so I'm glad you're enjoying the "lesson." smile
Agree with Kay. So interesting architecture.
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Florence.
Oh, nice graphic and color picture Ginnie !
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, kind sir!
Colour colour ... I love the colour
Ginnie Hart: That was such a glorious day, Shakara. Glad you like it.
Nice composition
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Chantal.
Lovely colours!
Ginnie Hart: This was one I could NOT convert to B&W or sepia! smile
  • Ruth
  • Michigan, USA
  • 15 May 2007, 11:36
What beautiful features. Does anyone build anything like this any more? I want to be there! smile
Ginnie Hart: Ohhhh, I want you to be here, too, Ruth!

I honestly can't answer your question about if they build these facades any more. I wonder if someone who reads this will know???
Lovely building Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Bernie.
  • Dotun
  • 15 May 2007, 14:13
Perfect exposure.
Ginnie Hart: Awww. Thanks, Dotun.
wow Ginnie, already having fun without me, loving the symmetry in this onesmile
Ginnie Hart: HA! Well, you'll feel better to know it's a pic from my last trip. I still have oodles of them and was able to queue some up before tsking new ones.

Two more days!
quel bel escalier de façade!
Ginnie Hart: It's one of my favorites, O-P. Thanks.
  • Carl
  • Navarre,FL
  • 15 May 2007, 16:07
I like the perspective of the facade on the right.
It is as if you got two angles of the gable in one shot.
Being a carpenter and lover of all things wood,
I can just imagine what kind of timbers must
be used in such a structure.
Ginnie Hart: It's nice to hear you are a carpenter, Carl, because if you know me by now, architecture is one of my loves. I didn't know I had captured the righthand gable until after I uploaded it. It was too nice a surprise to crop it out.

Thanks, as always, for your kind comments.
From what I've read gabled housing is found mostly around canal areas. If some one wanted to build a new property in said area they had to make sure that the new structure blended in to the area hince gables are still built.

You can find more new gabled buildings in the Tri-state area where you have just come from. wink
Ginnie Hart: That's my understanding, too, of the gabled houses, Johnny. But the look is certainly imitated around the world. I often saw it in Hannover! But in the Tri-state area? Wow. I wish I had seen it or had my eyes open while in NYC.
What a great photo Ginnie! Wonderful architecture and details. I keep going back and looking. Well done.
Ginnie Hart: You know me and architecture, DD! Thanks.
Have a good time Ginnie, its a beautiful city smile
Ginnie Hart: It sure is, Chris. It would be a fabulous place for a SC meet-up. smile
Sometimes I read through the other comments before I wright one down - today I did that - and I just say - RedPen has got exactly my comment for the day smile
Ginnie Hart: You're such a sweetheart, Aksel. Thanks.
Muy bonitos colores en esta foto, Ginnie. Me alegra saber que puedes leer fácilmente el español. Si quieres que ponga la traducción al inglés, sólo tienes que decírmelo !! smile
Ginnie Hart: I can read Spanish much better than I can write it, Jose, so I'll just respond in English, if you don't mind! smile

The colors definitely made the day for me in this pic. Thanks.
  • Ellie
  • 15 May 2007, 23:50
When you look at it it seems to be a very sensible way to decorate the end/face/front of a building, and without having to go to the trouble of cutting precious and expensive bricks.

Wonderful detail again Ginnie, your camera certainly does capture brick and stonework incredibly well.
Ginnie Hart: Yes, Ellie. Sensible and creative, if you ask me. As you'll see later, they get more and more embellished over time. Someone sure was having fun.

I've thought about your comment about my camera, which you've made more than once. I wonder if it does better far away than with macro? Or is it the sharpening and contrast that does it? Haven't a clue. Maybe it IS my camera?
That's a very nice picture of those buildings !
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Zeb! smile
  • Julischka
  • the centre of EU
  • 18 May 2007, 17:22
What a perfect sky! Sharp and strong. I like that!
Hi Ginnie, I have come back to look at your archives of the photos I've missed while I've been a delinquent blogger, neglecting my visiting. I love the gable pics so far.

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