Eave return

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An eave return is an element in Neoclassical domestic architecture in the United States, and likely more broadly.

It is where the line of roof eave on a gable end comes down to a point, then doubles back a short way. There is a classical version and poorer substitutes.[1]

Contrast to a full pediment, which is in effect where the return goes back the whole way to the other side of the gable.

A boxed return is one type of eave return, or a synonym. Another term is boxed gable return.

Gable end return or full gable return or simply gable return are variations, or synonyms.

See also[edit]

  • Cornice return, which may be the same or different. Mentions Greek return and soffit return types.


  1. ^ Wm. Todd Murdock; Gary Katz (December 13, 2013). "Eave Returns: Interpreting GYHR Details".