can be dome-shaped structures that are placed on buildings’ roofs
to provide extra ventilation or to be used as an area where
a person can look out to the horizon. Even though the word “cupola” is
derived from an Italian word meaning “small tub,” many
cupolas actually look like little houses.
You will see cupolas placed on the roofs of many homes and
barns today. Cupolas are manufactured from many materials,
including the traditional material, wood. You can also find
cupolas made from fiberglass or vinyl. The “roofs” of
cupolas are made from copper or aluminum. Many people continue
the traditional practice of perching weathervanes from cupolas.
Besides providing more ventilation, cupolas are attractive
and provide an extra dimension to the exterior of homes or