Rundlet-May House

Crowning the Cornice

Cornice embellishments on both exterior and interior mouldings in Federal architecture was one of the fundamental features of this mode of building in the early nineteenth-century. In the parlor, as with many parts of the Rundlet-May House on cornices and fireplaces, carved elements highlight the wood and elevate it into sculpture, and recall angled Romanesque arches of the greatest cathedrals in Europe.