Category:Saltbox architecture

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English: A saltbox is a building with a long, pitched roof that slopes down to the back, generally a wooden frame house. A saltbox has just one story in the back and two stories in the front. The flat front and central chimney are recognizable features, but the asymmetry of the unequal sides and the long, low rear roof line are the most distinctive features of a saltbox, which takes its name from its resemblance to a wooden lidded box in which salt was once kept. Saltbox architecture is a common roof shape in "first period" and colonial American houses. It is also called a catslide roof in the U.S. though this meaning may be different in the U.K. Houses in the U.S. with a saltbox roof were a standard hall and parlor floor plan and the "lean to" section of the house was the kitchen which was on the north side of the house. See en:Saltbox


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