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PAVILION: A roofed outdoor structure, sometimes known as a gazebo.
Shown below, the old Playground Pavilion at Tower Grove Park in St. Louis, Missouri.
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PEDESTAL: 1) A metal box installed along utility easements that contain electrical or telephone connections. 2) Part of a drill press. 3) A masonry base or platform that supports a structure.
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PEDESTRIAN BRIDGE: A bridge strong enough to be walked on, but not strong enough to hold vehicle traffic.
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PEDIMENT: A triangular piece of masonry that fits above a horizontal piece that is typically supported by columns. Also see Tympanum.
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PENDENTIVE: An adapter-like piece that allows the fitting of a rounded dome onto an angular frame.
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PENNY: A term that applies to nails, originally indicating the cost per 100 pieces. The term is now used as a measure of nail length.
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PERIMETER DRAIN: A perforated pipe surrounding the perimeter of a foundation wall, to collect and divert groundwater away from the foundation.
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PERIPTERAL: Surrounded by a single row of columns.
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PERISCOPE WINDOW: A basement window outfitted with a curved pipe containing carefully placed mirrors that provide a street-level view.
Shown below, in Brazil, the world's biggest periscope window is made from a shipping container.
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PERISTYLE: A courtyard surrounded by columns. Many affluent home plans feature peristyles.
Shown below, the Getty Villa in Pacific Palisades, California.
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PERLITE: A natural volcanic glass with a high water content, commonly mixed with soil or used for insulation. Also see Vermiculite.
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PERMEABILITY: A measure of the ease with which water penetrates a material.
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PHIALE: An enclosed fountain.
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PHILLIPS SCREWDRIVER: A screwdriver with a cross-shaped bit, used for turning Phillips head screws. Also see Screwdriver.
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PIANO NOBILE: The main floor of a large house.
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PICTURE WINDOW: A large glass window pane designed to provide an unobstructed view.
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PIER: A column of masonry that supports other structural elements. Also see Caisson.
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PIGTAILS: The electric cord installed on appliances such as dishwashers, ranges, and garbage disposals.
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PIGMENT: A powdered solid that can be mixed with paint or enamel to change or brighten its color.
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PILASTER: A column-like relief sculpture applied to the face of a wall.
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PILLAR & POST FOUNDATION: A collection of carefully measured posts the a house can rest on. This type of foundation creates a crawl spce.
Pillar & Post is a common type of house foundation, included in many architectural home plans.
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