Architectural Remains of the Reigns of Elizabeth and James I', C.J. Richardson (1840) Elizabethan architecture indulged in geometrical ornament. However, it is often quite difficult to appreciate this. Houses like Burghley and Hardwick, or the Triangular Lodge, Rushton, have masses of fine decoration at roof level, creating spiky profiles. Rarely do we have the opportunity to inspect this: unlike Elizabethan courtiers, we don’t promenade on the roofs.