BY VALERIE BELDEN WILDER  I  Philmont, NY  I  Friday, 3 February 2017

This building is on Warren Street in Hudson, NY. I love the wrought iron railing and how two sets of stairs converge in front of the door. There is also a beautiful wrought iron finial on the railing. Look closely, you might be able to see it, right in the middle.

One of the myriad of reasons I wanted to move back to New York was the beautiful, historic architecture. Some houses have fanlights over their front doors, and I love to ooh and ahh over them.

Merriam-Webster defines fanlight as “a semicircular window with radiating bars like the ribs of a fan that is placed over a door or window”. Fanlights, as well as transom windows and sidelights, are used to bring additional light into an otherwise dark hallway. Plus, they’re just plain pretty!

Here are some examples of fanlights from around Columbia County, and there are many more to be discovered!

Here’s the front door of a private residence. I love how they’ve framed it symmetrically with planters.


Here’s another front door on Warren Street in Hudson, the Daughters of the American Revolution building in the Robert Jenkins House, circa 1811.


This is a private residence. Notice the pleasing symmetry of the left wing and the screened-in porch on the right.


This building is situated at a busy intersection in Hillsdale, NY, and is currently the home of C. Herrington Home + Design. When I was growing up, it was home to L’Hostellerie Bressane, a French restaurant. The building dates to 1783.


The two photos above were taken at Roeliff Jansen School, where I attended junior high. When the school moved into a new campus in 1999, Roe Jan was vacated and has since fallen into disrepair. The gorgeous brick building was built during the Great Depression and the front facade is graced by five beautiful fanlights over the doors.