CORNICES AND PEDIMENTS
An elaborate masonry, wood, or metal cornice, sometimes topped with a masonry or metal pediment, is a distinctive architectural feature of many of Stoughton’s commercial buildings. Cornices and pediments should be preserved. When the cornice and pediment exist and are in reasonable condition, repairs can be made and an ongoing program of maintenance can insure their preservation. If these elements are missing, they can be replaced in wood, metal, brick, or in modern materials like fiberglass and lightweight cements.
Entablatures are composed of three parts: the architrave, frieze and cornice. The cornice and gutter are sometimes the same element. When deteriorated, this feature can usually be replicated in wood or metal. The frieze and architrave below are made of metal, wood, or brick. These elements can also be repaired as can metal or wood dentils, consoles or brackets which are important architectural features of Italianate and Renaissance commercial architecture.
Guidelines for Cornices and Pediments
Preserve, through ongoing maintenance, original cornices and pediments.
If cornice and/or pediment is missing, replace in wood, metal or brick, or in compatible modern materials like fiberglass, using historic photographs as a guide.
Repair and replace damaged or missing dentils and brackets when necessary.