Fairbanks House completed 1641

Fairbanks House Dedham MA
Oldest wood-framed house in the United States
This is perhaps the earliest and most important house of the 17th century standing in Massachusetts. It has suffered from practically no detrimental alterations except the removal of the original casement windows many of which, however, are preserved in the house. It retains many fine open timber ceilings, very rare moulded sheathing and weatherboarded wainscot.
 Historic American Buildings Survey HABS MASS,11-DED,1-13 Fairbanks House parlor fireplace   source
HABS MASS,11-DED,1-23 Second floor bedroom   source
No other house in America has remained in such unspoiled condition, keeping all of it's historic details in original condition. There is a certain charm to the sloped floors of the house, though it looks difficult to walk around on the second floor. The roof line and even the walls are bowed from extreme age.

It would be interesting to find out what preservation they have done to keep the house in good shape for 370 years. Visit the Fairbanks House Historical Site in Dedham, MA from May - October, closed every week on Sunday and Monday.

The complete drawings of the building show the original wrought-iron door hardware with detailed hinges and very simple door latches.   source Fairbanks House wrought-iron door hardware drawing

Coordinates: 42.2431, -71.1681
US-NationalParkService-ShadedLogo.svg This is an image of a place or building that is listed on the National Register of Historic Places in the United States. Its reference number is 66000367.
 

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