Considered revolutionary when it was born in the 1840s, the balloon frame structural system created homes described by the author Fred W.
In a classic example of the whole being greater than the sum of the parts, the balloon frame house is composed of relatively lightweight components that combine to create an extremely strong framework--when those components are joined at the proper place in the proper sequence.
Archival quality photos of balloon frame farmhouses and the families that first inhabited them, historic engravings and detailed floor plans complement the narrative.
The balloon frame
construction of the house, without insulation in the walls, allowed the fire to move quickly up the walls to the second floor and across, he said.
My host was a serious American architect and the building looked real enough, but two inches into it I realised that this piece of Georgian pastiche that had found its way to (the other) Georgia was balloon frame
, clad in polystyrene.
The home, which had a "For Sale" sign out front, has a balloon frame
These shafts hit their targets with pleasurable accuracy, and the comparison with the homespun effectiveness of architect-free balloon frame
stick construction and truckable 'Park Homes' in the USA, Scandinavia and here in the UK is timely, and to the point.
Construction is ingenious and apt, with social areas in balloon frame
, and steel tube columns in the pool space.
As a young architect I saw it as the city that reinvented itself after the great fire, using steel balloon frames
to create buildings that were light and vibrant.
What the Americans could do with their balloon frames
could be done in this country as well and much earlier.