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Facade
A fa ade is the part of the building that sets the decorative mood of the structure. It usually faces the street, and for those buildings that have courtyards, the portion of the building facing into them will have fa ades as well. A fa ade is designed to provide the building with curb appeal, drawing the eye to the architectural lines and design of the industrial building, office, or home. They are designed in a variety of materials: granite, wood, glass, concrete. Facades can be embellished with multiple columns, like those seen on many city government buildings. Others use arches and concrete railings like those found on some prominent university grounds. Many facades are enhanced with accents such as gargoyles or lions. Other accents used on facades are cornices. Think of a Hollywood set with the false fronts beautifying the location - a fa ade is doing the same thing for your home.