Project Gallery: Captivating Cupolas
From whimsy to lighting to ventilation, cupolas can serve a range of purposes.
Often seen on cathedrals, barns, stables, and houses, cupolas were originally added to rooftops for practical purposes, usually to provide a lookout, to admit natural light, or for ventilation. Very large cupolas accessible by an interior staircase are also called a belvedere or widow’s walk. Smaller cupolas that can’t be entered but do provide daylight are known as lanterns. Some cupolas do not serve a practical purpose, but rather are added as an extension of the home’s design and to include a sense of charm or whimsy. Cupolas date back to the 8th century and can be found on buildings throughout the world. Here are a few that our contributing photographers discovered in their travels across New England.
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