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Built primarily in the rural southern regions of the United States from the late 1800s to the early 1900s, a one- or one-and-a-half-story house (commonly supported on short piers), one room wide and several rooms deep, with all rooms and their doors in a straight line perpendicular to the street; a narrow gable front with a porch, and often with a similar porch at the rear.
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