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A cross-wing is an addition to a house, at right angles to the original block of a house, usually with a gable. A cross-wing plan is an architectural plan reflecting this; cross-wing architecture describes the style.

James Stevens Curl, in A Dictionary of Architecture and Landscape Architecture, defines it as a "Wing attached to the hall-range of a medieval house, its axis at right angles to the hall-range, and often gabled."[1]

Cross-wing plans have been used in other eras. For example, during the settlement period in Utah in the late 1800s, original small hall-and-parlor plan houses, often built in vernacular Classical Revival style, were sometimes extended by the addition of a Victorian-style cross-wing.[2]


  1. ^ "Oxford Index: Cross-wing".
  2. ^ Julie Osborne; Claudia Davis (August 1997). "National Register of Historic Places Registration: Oberg/Metcalf House". National Park Service. Retrieved August 12, 2019. With accompanying five photos from