Term: timber frame (architecture)
a construction method brought to America by European settlers, used well into the nineteenth century. The timber frame relies on a system of heavy vertical posts supporting the upper weight and cross timbers supporting the floors. Diagonal corner braces stabilize the frame, and wooden pegs fasten the timbers together. Timber frame buildings were typically sheathed in wood siding.
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[Source: Cultural Resource Management in Wisconsin (Madison: State Historical Society of Wisconsin, 1986).]