This is one of the oldest parts of Amsterdam, the Gelderse kade (quay), with some good examples of the typical canal houses, The red one on the left has a so called "Stepped gable". The top of the stepped gable narrows gradually upwards.
Between 1600 and 1665 the wooden gables were rapidly replaced by stepped gables of brick. In the 17th century, the cityscape was practically defined by stepped gables. Now there are only a hundred original gagbles left.
The house next to it has a so called "Clock gable". The top of the gable is of brick in the shape of a clock with decoration of sandstone on the edges ending in lugs. These gables date from the period 1660 to 1790.
All old Amsterdam houses have a "lifting beam" on top. With a rope and a block attached to it you can hoist furnitures to the windows and get them in the house, because the stairs are to narrow to transport big furnitures up- and downstairs.
Linking to "Our World Tuesday"