A cottage constructed of air-dried adobe bricks; built by settlers on the prairies of the western United States where stone was scarce, but clay suitable for brick making was usually available close to the surface of the ground. Sand, ashes, and linseed oil were often added to the clay. After the bricks air-dried for 10 to 12 days, they were laid with mortar in a construction that required minimal technical skill. Battened doors were common. The roof, usually shingled or thatched, had a large overhang to protect the adobe walls against erosion by rain. Contrast with a prairie style house.
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