Illustrated Architecture Dictionary

Fanlight


A window above a door, usually semicircular or semielliptical, with glazing bars radiating out like a fan

The fanlight became an increasingly important element in the design of the front door as the 18th century progressed. Gradually it became more popular to reduce the height of the door, replacing its upper register of panels with a fixed glazed panel ("fanlight") that admitted light to the hallway.

A type of transom window

Especially popular in
Colonial Revival, Federal, Georgian Revival, Neoclassical styles

Examples from Buffalo architecture:

Other examples:


Photos and their arrangement © 2002 Chuck LaChiusa
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