What is this? Architectural Quiz No. 3

What is This? / Photo: Eugenia Woo

Yes, that thingie around a door handle has a name! What is it?

The decorative metal plate that surrounds the opening for a keyhole or doorknob is called an escutcheon. The escutcheon shown in this photo is from a Craftsman style bungalow in West Seattle.

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4 Responses to “What is this? Architectural Quiz No. 3”


  1. 1 John March 31, 2010 at 1:00 pm

    There are two ways to handle this a little nicer.

    1) Don’t include the answer in the article at all! Instead say, “We’ll give the answer here in seven days.” Readers enter their guesses in the comments, and then seven days later you add a comment with the answer. Or (more complicated) edit the article body to add the answer. This maintains a little suspense, and you might get reader interactions.

    2) Structure it as a poll. You create polls from your admin page’s sidebar; the link is near the bottom. Or see this tutorial: http://wordpress.tv/2009/01/05/creating-a-polldaddy-poll/ .

  2. 3 John March 31, 2010 at 8:38 am

    Not much of a quiz when you give away the answer in the third sentence.

    • 4 main2euge March 31, 2010 at 12:25 pm

      John, thanks for your comment. It’s a function of WordPress.com. If you get our posts via email or RSS feed, then you’ll see the post on one page. But if you were to view it on the MAin2 homepage, then you see the photo and the question and then click to another page to see the answer so it’s more quiz-like. We don’t mean to give the answer away–it’s just how the blog is formatted! Thanks for following MAin2!


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