Thursday, October 1, 2009

Cape Breton Vernacular Architecture


The first Europeans settling the island brought with them their own culture, which included familiar architecture from their homelands. They built houses of wood because it was plentiful.


The early homes were often functional in that doors and windows were placed where they were needed rather than being decorative. The eaves and trim were minimal.


The central doorway and high gable over the door is a familiar architectural style on the island.


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