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The Neck Gable

This is the 3rd of six canal-house gables here in Amsterdam.  I've shown you the beak gable and the stepped gable.  This time I didn't want to be b-o-r-i-n-g, so I added some spires for fun (which I'll tell you about in another post.)  :)

This neck gable (also called the bottle gable) is the transitional gable from the stepped to the next one coming up...  But that's getting ahead of myself.  These neck gables were common from 1640-1840.

I figured this was a good one for Friday, assuming many of you will be uncorking the bottles this weekend.  :)

Have a great weekend!

[Today I'm in Amsterdam.]


The Neck Gable

This is the 3rd of six canal-house gables here in Amsterdam.  I've shown you the beak gable and the stepped gable.  This time I didn't want to be b-o-r-i-n-g, so I added some spires for fun (which I'll tell you about in another post.)  :)

This neck gable (also called the bottle gable) is the transitional gable from the stepped to the next one coming up...  But that's getting ahead of myself.  These neck gables were common from 1640-1840.

I figured this was a good one for Friday, assuming many of you will be uncorking the bottles this weekend.  :)

Have a great weekend!

[Today I'm in Amsterdam.]


comments (27)

Ginnie, you've always a great blue sky on your head...smile
Ginnie Hart: Not always, Nicola, but when I do, I can't help but try to capture it. smile
Ginnie, estos tejados son tu debilidad. Se nota que te gustan !! wink
Ginnie, these tile roofs are your weakness. Note that you like! wink
Have a good WE too!
Ginnie Hart: Oh yes, add tile roofs to my collections. grin
This one's a beauty. Good weekend wishes to you as well.
Ginnie Hart: Thanks a million, Red Pen.
I was out shooting some architecture photos recently too. Not so grand a location as Amsterdam, though. I love your globetrotting shots, and now I am learning all about gables. Thanks, Ginnie! Have a great weekend yourself!
Ginnie Hart: The gables have been most interesting, Karen. I can't see them now without identifying them in my head. smile Thanks.
  • Jimbo
  • Dublin, Ireland
  • 25 May 2007, 02:36
This is my favourite gable-type so far. Is the ornate decoration typical of this style? And to give us a bonus of two beautiful spires as well!
Ginnie Hart: First of all, Jimb0, HAPPY BIRTHDAY (and condolences on the family death)! You and Dotun share the day.

The pic I originally posted for this neck gable was just plain-Jane. Nothing fancy whatsoever. As I was out-n-about yesterday, I saw this one and just had to post it instead. This one is VERY ornate, compared to the ones you normally see here. So clearly someone went over the top to outdo themselves here. smile
You can frame this and put it on the wall Ginnie! I was looking at your other gable pictures just now, and I have to say, this one is my favorite (Like Jimbo) smile
Ginnie Hart: Wait till you see the next one, Kay, which I'm guessing you'll like even better. smile

This one here is clearly ornate for the style. Most of them are not this decorated. But it seemed like a good choice for a Friday before a holiday weekend. smile
Nice informative shot Ginnie. You have a nice weekend too smile
Ginnie Hart: Thanks a million, Thomas. smile
Another nice one Ginnie, have a nice weekend.
Ginnie Hart: HAPPY BIRTHDAY again, Dotun. You and Jimbo share the day, I see. smile
This is really and amazing and so changing architecture. Great to know that you'll be in Venice next fall. That's an incredible city. Have a great week-end too Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: I know, Florence. I can hardly wait for Venice...but for now, I'm really getting acquainted with A'dam! You can keep giving me appetizers, though. smile
You've got the nose in the stars too today Ginnie ! Have a nice WE too...
Ginnie Hart: HA! Can't help it, Roland. grin
These images are very interesting keep them coming !!!
Ginnie Hart: You have no choice, Shakara. smile
Another beautiful shot Ginnie, have a good weekend too.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, sir. smile
perfect angle this way
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Chantal.
  • Ruth
  • Michigan, USA
  • 25 May 2007, 11:54
I love this photo! That neck gable is beautiful, nice choice. And the spires next day make an interesting juxta, along with your un-corking comment. Weekends are for uncorking, then church. smile
Ginnie Hart: HA! Don't we know! grin

Believe it or not (I'm getting ahead of myself here), those spires used to belong to a church but are now part of a huge office building. Kinda sad, when I think about it.
  • Ruth
  • Michigan, USA
  • 25 May 2007, 11:55
I meant next "door."
Ginnie Hart: I know! It's not what you say but what you mean. grin
Tomorrow I'm (Maybe) going to Almere. To come there I have to change the train in A'dam. Do you have any plans? I need to be at 16:00 in Almere, so I have a little bit time...
Ginnie Hart: Ohhhh. As I just mentioned to Onada, and to you via e-mail, we plan to be in Leiden all day tomorrow. Rats! Do you live here in Holland, Tim???
That is a very ornate gable. A lot of work went into it. I always like those beams sticking out of the facade. I think they are used to attach hoists.

Have a good weekend yourself!
Ginnie Hart: Yes, Martin. This is one of the most ornate I've seen for the neck gable. And yes, those beams ARE for attaching pulleys to hoist up heavy/bulky stuff, like furniture, which simply cannot fit up the narrow, spiraling stairways!
  • Les Auld
  • Southport UK
  • 25 May 2007, 18:58
Keep looking up - some interesting pictures.
Ginnie Hart: That's what I say, Les. Always look up (after looking down)! Thanks for stopping by. smile
You truly are a fascinating lady, Ginn. I love these mini-tutorials and I cannot WAIT for the clock guided visit around Europe! Bring it on. Have a wonderful weekend.
Ginnie Hart: HA! You know how they say "Ain't nobody happy if Mama ain't happy?" Well, ain't nobody NOT gonna know about dem gables if Ginnie's gotta know! grin (Too many negatives. I think I need to uncork a bottle.)
  • Ellie
  • 25 May 2007, 21:56
Hmm, that's what you see when you look up wink

It's fantastic Ginnie, and so fresh and clean too, almost as if that ornate plasterwork (?) was made yesterday.

(P.S. One to make you smile tomorrow ... )
Ginnie Hart: I know, Ellie. Some things also look so old. It goes back-n-forth!

Yours today DID make me smile! smile
I love the window trim. I can see that kind of treatment possible in today's buildings. AndI see more spires for the collection..... Have a nice weekend.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Mary!
Some fine craftsmanship in these building Ginnie. Good work here smile
Ginnie Hart: Always a big thanks, Chris.
  • L.Reis
  • Lisbon
  • 25 May 2007, 23:45
"Reaching for the top" in Amsterdam...this one is my favourite. The chosen angle worked amazingly well!!
Have a nice weekend too.
Ginnie Hart: Thanks a million, Lina.
I like this shot. Strong contrasting colors and angles. Well done!
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, John. I appreciate that. smile
  • Zebigleb
  • friendsland
  • 27 May 2007, 23:48
Amazing buildings, very unusual for me ! I'm happy to visit with you !!
Ginnie Hart: Nothing quite like them anywhere, Zeb! smile
  • Dave W
  • 28 May 2007, 13:35
Hi Ginnie, lovely selection of roof line pics. It's funny that very often people miss the more interesting detail of buildings. I often walk around with my head in the air...
Ginnie Hart: We've laughed about that a lot here on SC, Dave...the need to look up more often so that we don't miss the treasures! smile
  • Julischka
  • the black hole where time disappears
  • 29 May 2007, 07:51
The gable seems to fall over which is not negatively meant. I like it that way!
Ginnie Hart: HA! I've decided it's paying homage to the church! smile

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