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Fairbanks House

Listed under Urban in Boston, United States.

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Built by John Fairbanks for his wife Grace, this is the oldest surviving timber-frame house in the US. The central section is the oldest, with its gabled wood roof with central chimney bay. The lean-to was added at a later stage. The oak lintel over the fireplace in the pantry has been dated to 1637. The external walls covered with oak clapboards at the front and west gable end, with cedar at the back. The west wing was added around 1654, east wing late 1700s. It is a typical example of the colonial architecture in that part of the United States. The high, pitched roof and overlapping weatherboards were functional, making use of the materials at hand. The well in front is made of river rocks.

Written by  George Monkhouse.

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