We see atop Arlington Ridge, the column's impediment of Arlington House, which is now the Robert E. LEE Memorial.

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What's the meaning of "the column's impediment" in the above sentence? When I interpret impediment as an obstacle, this sentence doesn't make a sense to me.


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This is a discussion of monuments, including a Greek-revival style mansion that's the Robert E Lee Memorial. It's likely that the words are "columns and pediment." From the ground to the roof, the architectural elements are (in a simplified list)

The entablature is a horizontal structure that sits on the column capitals and supports the triangular pediment.

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    It's definitely "the columns and pediment"
    – James
    Commented Oct 23, 2015 at 3:59
  • The picture link works for me now! (But, why put it behind a link rather than embedding it in your answer?)
    – herisson
    Commented Oct 23, 2015 at 4:08
  • Fixed link and quote. And, no, the original apostrophe did not indicate "possession."
    – deadrat
    Commented Oct 23, 2015 at 4:08
  • @sumelic I'm a word kinda guy. Not a visual kinda guy.
    – deadrat
    Commented Oct 23, 2015 at 4:09

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