Illustrated Architecture Dictionary

Chevron / Zigzag

Chevron: A decorative motif (pattern) resembling an inverted V, similar to the stripes worn by noncommissioned officers.

Zigzag molding: An ornamental molding running of continued chevrons

Used by the Egyptians and Native Americans

French: "chevron" = rafter. Used in Norman architecture, and so called from a pair of rafters, which give this form

Commonly found in Romanesque and Art Deco styles

Norman style illustration: A History of Architecture on the Comparative Method, by Sir Banister-Fletcher, New York, 1950 

Examples from Buffalo architecture: Other examples:

Photos and their arrangement 2002 Chuck LaChiusa
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