barn home lighting

What is A Cupola?

One common feature of barn style architecture is a cupola.  Cupola comes from the Latin cupa meaning “cup”, which makes sense considering a cupola’s resemblance to an upside down cup.  Throughout the years, cupolas have topped many different styles of architecture from classic barn style homes to ancient basilicas.  While the definition is simple – a small structure built on top of a roof - the styles and uses for a cupola are varied. We’d like to highlight some of the reasons and benefits of adding a cupola to a barn style home that we’ve learned through the years.

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