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One develops an appreciation for the varied architectural styles by traveling to far-off lands.

It was in Bruges Belgium the first time I came into contact with the stepped gable at a building’s roof line. Also referred to as a crow-stepped gable, the step pattern gives easy access to the roof ridge when repairs are needed. During construction it is easier to fit a square or rectangular brick or stone into a perpendicular space rather than to cut each stone at an angle to match the roof’s pitch.

The City of Bruges (Brugge in Dutch)  was largely destroyed during World War II. After the war it was rebuilt to match the charming medieval style of its pre-war days. And the “rebuilders” did a beautiful job.

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Crow-Stepped Gable Roof Design

 

Residential District, Bruges Belgium

Residential District, Bruges Belgium

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