saltbox


saltbox
saltbox [sôlt′bäks΄]
n.
1. a box for salt, with a sloping lid
2. a house, as in colonial New England, shaped somewhat like this, having two stories in front and one at the rear, and a gable roof with a much longer slope at the rear

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salt·box (sôltʹbŏks') n.
A frame house with two stories in front and one in back, having a pitched roof with unequal sides, being short and high in front and long and low in back.

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Clapboard house of the original New England settlers having two stories in front, a single story in the rear, and a double-sloped roof that is longer over the rear section.

It arose from the tradition of locating the kitchen in a lean-to behind the house; the roof was simply extended over the lean-to, creating the characteristic long-in-back silhouette.

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      in architecture, type of residential building popular in colonial New England, having two stories in front and a single story in the rear and a double-sloped roof that is longer over the rear section.The original clapboard houses of the New England settlers were constructed around a great central chimney. On the first floor were two large rooms, the hall and the parlour. Upstairs were bedrooms.

      As families grew both in size and in prosperity, it became traditional to move the kitchen out of the hall into a lean-to constructed at the back of the house. The pitched roof was then extended downward over the new kitchen, creating the characteristic long-in-back silhouette that gave the house its name. Late in the 17th century the lean-to was often included as part of the original design of a house. Well-preserved saltbox houses can still be seen in New England.

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Universalium. 2010.

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