Shoptalk—deciphering architectural and historic preservation jargon one word at a time!
Design consisting of a number of radiating petals developed by the ancient Greeks derived from the Egyptian and Asiatic form known as the honeysuckle or lotus palmette; used as a decorative finish in architecture; single-palmette for appears on decorative pedestals, roof or cornice elements; repeating pattern of alternating lotus and palmette typically appears on cornice molding. (Source: Anthemion. Encyclopedia Britannica. 2013.)
The anthemion is used in architectural ornamentation from ancient architecture to more recent classic revivals like in the Masonic Grand Lodge Building in Topeka, Kan., built in 1916. The Masonic Grand Lodge Building utilizes anthemion ornamentation on its copper roof cornice.
Anthemion (carved) ornament detail drawing by James Ward, 1897. (Source: Anthemion (Carved), from Apollo Epicurius. Look and Learn History Picture Library. 2010.)
Diagram of classic architectural elements and features. (Source: Lecture Notes, Mediterranean Civilizations, ca. 2000 BC-AD 500. The University of North Carolina at Pembroke. 2009.)
Historic drawing of the south façade of the Masonic Grand Lodge Building by notable architect Edward L. Tilton c. 1916.
South facade of the Masonic Grand Lodge Building, 2014.
Anthemion design on the Masonic Grand Lodge Building’s historic copper roof cornice, 2014.