According to Hool and Johnson’s “Elements of Structural Theory — Definitions,”

“A cantilever is a beam supported on only one end. The beam carries the load to the support where it is resisted by moment and shear stress.  In modern architecture, it is often used to accentuate and protect entrances to buildings.”


  • “Glossary,” Modern Homes Survey:  New Canaan, Connecticut, National Trust for Historic Preservation, PDF.
  • Hool, George A., and Nathan Clarke Johnson. Elements of Structural Theory – Definitions. New York: McGraw-Hill Book Company, Inc., 2008.


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