Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Wood Cabin

Today's picture shows a wooden house that would be fairly typical of 100 years ago. The picture was taken in 1935, but the house was old at the time the photo was taken. It looks like probably the downstairs had living and kitchen areas, and upstairs had simple sleeping quarters. Note that the fireplace was in the center of the house, and would have been able to keep the entire house warm. A very modest, but completely adequat home.


  1. There seems to be two doors; I wonder if it was a two family home.

  2. Extra doors seem to be a common theme in older house. Maybe they just sprout as the interior gets remodeled, or maybe it was just better for air flow in the days before air conditioning. I don't know. But an aunt and uncle's farm house had two adjacent doors that led into two adjacent rooms.

  3. It looks like a nice, snug house. You might have to watch your head in those upstairs bedrooms if you were tall due to the slanted roof line.
    -Anne K.

  4. It looks like there is an extension on the back of this house, to the left of the picture. You can see some more siding, another chimney, and another lightening rod. There's no way to tell the size of this second part of the house, but it would make it larger than it first appears. Notice that the house is on a raised foundation of maybe bricks or wooden posts, and that the porch slants down so that there's just one step up in front. On the side, there is a lot of dirt a few feet up on the side. I'm guessing this is because of the lack of grass to absorb rain. In a heavy rainstorm, mud could easily get splashed up against the side of the house. When I lived in Florida not all that many years ago, in poor rural areas, I saw many a house like this, with people sitting on old couches or chairs on the porch, watching the world go by.


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