This simple plank house has hand hewn ceiling joists that bear the remnants of whitewash, indicating that they were exposed. The second floor was used as a sleeping/storage loft. Six over six windows were typical of this type of house and this time period. In the 19th century, a simple structure was erected using plank construction because it was quick and easy. Many structures in Western New York were built this way, a hybrid of timber frame and balloon techniques. The frame structure was generally beams pegged and jointed held up by large exterior planks, notched in for strength. Typically in timber frame construction, the beam is held up by a sturdy post. The vertical plank replaces the post in plank construction.
The advantages to this type of construction was that it was quick, easy, and cheap. There were also no posts taking up floor space. The disadvantages were that a structure built using plank construction could hold only so much weight so a larger structure could not be built. The structure could sometimes not be as structurally sound as it should be.
Your support will help the highly trained staff at Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village:
· Build outer-lying fences around the Dann Road property
· Complete work needed to maintain the building on an annual basis
· Stabilize and see to the structural needs of the house
· Restore the first floor interiors as well as the second floor interiors
· Develop educational curriculum and interpretation panels for the home
· Add historically-appropriate landscaping to the house
If you are interested in participating in this program, please contact our Development Director, Spencer Morgan, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 716-689-1440 ext. 7712.