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A highly decorative cornice set along the top of a wall

A highly decorative cornice set along the top of a wall.

ArtToday.com A parapet rises above the cornice on this Victorian building in Troy, NY

A parapet rises above the cornice on this Victorian building in Troy, NY. Photo ©Jackie Craven

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  • Definition:

    The cornice is the uppermost section of moldings along the top of a wall or just below a roof.

    In Classical architecture, the cornice is the upper portion of the entablature, located above the architrave and the frieze.

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