Ell (architecture)

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Benjamin Stephenson House's courtyard formed by an ell

In architecture, an ell is a wing of a building that lies perpendicular to the length of the main portion.[1]

It takes its name from the shape of the letter L. Ells are often additions to an existing building which makes it L-shaped in a plan. In connected farm architecture, the ell is often extended to attach the main house to another building, usually a barn.

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  1. ^ Ching, Francis D. K. (1995). A Visual Dictionary of Architecture. Van Nostrand Reinhold Company. p. 26. ISBN 0-442-02462-2.

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