Futec: Cornices and Frames

The idea of a cornice has its roots in ancient Greek and Roman architecture. In Classical Greek architecture, the cornice was the top element of the entablature, the horizontal section of a building exterior immediately above a series of columns and below the roof.

Cornices had a basic utilitarian purpose, because they directed rainwater away from the sides of a building, but they quickly became a decorative element as well.

Through different time periods, cornices displayed different designs, sometimes simple and geometric with clean horizontal lines, like the box cornice (named because it looked like a long horizontal box). But cornices could also be elaborate and very three-dimensional.

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