Weathervanes and Cupolas

Although not all cupolas have weathervanes, many do. Keep in mind that cupolas alone look incredible. Some are simplistic in design while others are quite elaborate. However, when the cupola is also used with a weathervane, the overall appearance is even more beautiful. Both the cupola and weathervane have been a part of American history for a long time so it would only make sense the two would go hand-in-hand.


The cupola portion is an ornamental dome structure, which becomes a prominent feature on top of a dome or roof. This particular structure has been around for centuries, being a favorite architectural structure for courthouses, cathedrals, churches, schools, and so on. However, today we see cupolas also being added to homes, barns, garages, outbuildings, and other similar places, providing both functionality and aesthetics.

The interesting thing about the cupola is that history tells us Islamic architecture mosques often used massive domes, which are still seen on ancient and new buildings today, for ventilation purposes. Then in Europe, the shape of the dome cupola changed to being a turret. Many times, structures in European countries would have up to eight of these unique cupolas, again helping with overall appearance and ventilation.

Then in the United States, the cupola took on another shape, a square. With this design, the windows or louvers of the cupola allowed air or light to filter inside, which we see as the most popular style. For a while, cupolas lost value since air conditioners were invented, becoming the norm for most homes. However, we now see people adding the cupola back to the top of the home simply for appearance sake.


Weathervanes have also long been a part of history, first being recorded back to ancient Greek, used to honor Triton, the Greed god. At this time, the weathervane would adorn the Tower of the Winds in Athens, having been built around 48 B.C. Just as the names suggest, weathervanes would provide people with wind direction, along with decoration. Because cupolas stand high on the roof, they make an obvious choice for placement of a weathervane.

As far as the weathervanes, these are typically made from brass, copper, or stainless steel. The installation process is very easy, which usually consists of buying an adjustable rod mount. All you need is a standard screwdriver and then follow the instructions provided by the weathervane manufacturer. The result is a beautiful cupola with a gorgeous weathervane of a rooster, eagle, horse, or something similar to enhance the appearance of the home or business.