Word-of-the-Month: Spandrel


A spandrel is the triangular space between the outermost part of an arch and the framework. Usually found in pairs, the architectural element can be found on arches, bridges, domes, and doorways. Ornate spandrels are most commonly found in grand architecture from the medieval period onwards and incorporate decorative elements into a structure.

Fun Fact

Traditionally, spandrels were completely filled with masonry until the use of steel and reinforced concrete in the 19th and 20th Centuries.

At Providence Academy’s Performing Arts Center, the stage is framed by blue and gold decorated spandrels. Stahl completed this technologically-advanced facility in May of 2017, and it became the first all LED performance theater in the Twin Cities.