Across the top of the portico is a triangular gabled pediment with horizontal and raking cornices that follow the slopes. The area where the fantastic ornamental shaped embellishments and the bulls eye window are located is called the tympanum. Notice the partial seashells at each end of the pediment. This flowing and almost moving design may indicate that the architects possibly had the nearby seashore in mind.
The entablature is the horizontal ornamental section that is located below the pediment and resting on top of the capitals of the colonnade below. The entablature is made up of three sections that consist of a cornice (top), frieze (middle), and the architrave (bottom),
The crowning projections of the cornice and eaves has many decorative molding of which the two most distinguishing features are the dentil and horizontal rectangular shaped modillions. The very top molding in the cornice design is an area called the cymatium. The molding in this area is called a cyma recta because of the upper concave curve and a lower convex curve. The bed-molding is located right under the modillions.
The unadorned frieze and architrave is divided by a decorative band of egg and dart molding. This area in which the molding runs is known as the tanta. The three stepped bands of the architrave below is a commonly used feature in the Ionic order.
After looking at these photos for so long, I wonder how many gallons of white paint it takes to paint Plum Orchard?
For more history and older photos of Plum Orchard, click the link below to view the Historic Furnishing Report by Sara Olson.
Click the link below for a previous blog post on the history of Plum Orchard.