A fanlight is a form of lunette window, often semicircular or semi-elliptical in shape, with glazing bars or tracery sets radiating out like an open fan.[1] It is placed over another window or a doorway,[2][3] and is sometimes hinged to a transom. The bars in the fixed glazed window spread out in the manner of a sunburst. It is also called a "sunburst light".[4]

Fanlight at Montgomery's Inn
in Toronto, Canada


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  1. ^ Poppeliers, John C.; Chambers, S. Allen Jr. (2003). What Style is it? A Guide to American Architecture (2, revised, illustrated ed.). New York: John Wiley and Sons. p. 135. ISBN 9780471250364.
  2. ^ Ching, Francis D. K. (1995). A Visual Dictionary of Architecture. New York: John Wiley and Sons. p. 63. ISBN 0-471-28451-3.
  3. ^ "Fanlight". Illustrated Architecture Dictionary. Archived from the original on 2008-01-03. Retrieved 2008-01-16.
  4. ^ "Fanlight, Pilaster". ushistory.org. Archived from the original on 2007-05-09. Retrieved 2008-01-16.

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