Illustrated Architecture Dictionary
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:
- Illustration above: 160 Windsor Ave.
- 65 Lincoln Parkway
- Lackawanna Public Library (Example 1)
- Lackawanna Public Library (Example 2)
- 165 Chapin Pkwy
- Harlow Curtiss House - exterior
- Harlow Curtiss House - interior
- 25 Lexington Avenue
- 479 Delaware Ave., Midway