The cornice of a non-fireproof building is generally of galvanized iron made in ornamental design, and anchored to the roof beams and the brick work. Sometimes the cornice is made of copper, which is the most durable, and sometimes the brick work is continued up above the roof and finished with a decorated coping wall or cornice wall of terra cotta, forming a part of. the facade.

A copper cornice, instead of one of galvanized iron, indicates the use of the best possible material for that purpose, with the consequent increase in wearing quality and less cost of maintenance.

The ornamental railings of cast iron about a building should be of pleasing appearance and sufficiently heavy to withstand wear. Note should be taken that they are properly set and painted.