In early French Vernacular architecture, a Cajun dwelling similar to a poteaux-en-terre house but supported by a hewnlog structural framework that usually rested on sills, 1 (i.e., heavy horizontal timbers supported by cypress blocks placed under the sills). The space between the hewn logs was filled with pierrotageor briquette-entre-poteaux; then plastered and whitewashed in a manner similar to that of medieval half-timbering. The houses commonly had a shingle-covered bonnet or hipped roof. Individual rooms were provided access from a porch that ran across the face of the house.
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