curtain wall

noun

: a nonbearing exterior wall between columns or piers

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The third tower in the complex, for Frito-Lay, was 17 stories and completed in 1966, but with curtain wall facades that departed from the language of the others. Dallas News, 28 Feb. 2022 Hidden from the street, facing a small internal garden on the east side of the Hunt Building, is a two-story glass curtain wall, articulated by vertical fins, that encloses a large foyer and majestically frames Lemmon’s sanctuary building. Dallas News, 5 Jan. 2022 When initial renderings of its renovation were released in 2017, preservationists were almost unanimously opposed to the proposal to replace the stone cladding on the lower floors with a glass-curtain wall. Diana Budds, Curbed, 14 Nov. 2022 Designer Peter Dunham created a custom curtain wall and installed bedside sconces to give this small bedroom a regal feel. Hadley Mendelsohn, House Beautiful, 16 Dec. 2022 An executive of Southern Natural Gas company made a holiday trip to Houston and saw a building that had a similar ‘curtain wall’ design with a Christmas design. William Thornton | Wthornton@al.com, al, 25 Nov. 2022 Daniel Antonellis, a spokesman for Suffolk Construction, said a curtain wall embed measuring 12 inches wide fell from the construction project site and struck a car. Emily Sweeney, BostonGlobe.com, 17 Aug. 2022 One of the first changes: The owners segregated the connecting hallway between the public dining area and private ballroom with a curtain wall. Marc Bona, cleveland, 18 Apr. 2022 The original design also included vertical sun shades integrated into the curtain wall system. Y-jean Mun-delsalle, Forbes, 7 Mar. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1808, in the meaning defined above

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“Curtain wall.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/curtain%20wall. Accessed 28 Jan. 2023.

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