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A second visual aid that I have found extremely helpful is the use of models of elevations and buttresses. I photocopied the elevations and buttresses of nine cathedrals which were created by Alberto Berengo Gardin and are included in Gunther Binding's book - High Gothic. I enlarge these drawings until they reached the size of 1 inch to 10 foot scale. Then I glued them to 3/4 inch plywood and cut them out on my scroll saw. I printed, on acetate, the actual windows from each of these cathedrals and then mounted them in the window opening on the elevations. I was able to photograph the elevation and buttress drawings of the Washington Cathedral and mounted them to use as a comparison since most of those taking my lectures have been in the Washington Cathedral. I use these comparisons so my students get a sense of the various heights and side elevations. I will be using these comparisons on this website as I discuss the various cathedrals. Here is an example of comparing the Washington Cathedral - on the left- with Beauvais in France- on the right. The interior height of Washington Cathedral is 100 ft ( the model is 10 inches). The height of Beauvais, which is the tallest cathedral in the world, is 157 ft (the model is 15 1/2 inches).