post-and-girt framing

post-and-girt framing

Since medieval times, a system of structural wood-frame construction characterized by the use of heavy corner posts, horizontal girts to support the superimposed loads, and summerbeams to support the floor joists; largely replaced by balloon framing in the early 19th century. Structural members were interconnected by mortise-and-tenon joints that were held fast by wood pins or dowels.
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