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Ste. Geneviève Architecture

A Poteaux-sur-sol or Poteaux-en-terre
Q What are two examples of timber construction methods in Ste. Geneviève used for French colonial structures?

Ste. Geneviève is one of the few surviving homes of these two timber construction methods, poteaux-sur-sol and poteaux-en-terre. Both methods are comprised of closely spaced vertical posts or poteaux.

Poteaux-sur-sol or “posts-on-a-sill” is timber framing in which relatively closely spaced vertical posts rest on a timber sill. While in poteaux-en-terre or “posts-in-the-earth” the vertical posts rest directly into the ground.