Of Small Means: Vertical Plank Dwellings in the PNW

Archival image of a vertical plank dwelling, Courtesy of Historic Seattle
Archival image of a vertical plank dwelling, Courtesy of Historic Seattle
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Archival image of a vertical plank dwelling, Courtesy of Historic Seattle

Of Small Means is a presentation by local architecture historian and preservation consultant Kate Krafft, detailing her research findings about a construction method called Vertical plank construction (VPC). This method is distinct from the other methods commonly associated with Washington’s settlement era, such as full log, hewn log or balloon-frame, and is more prevalent in our region than had been previously recognized.

VPC is a relatively fast, easy and cheap construction method, often used for temporary buildings that could easily be dismantled and occasionally for small permanent dwellings. The presentation will be followed by a tour of the Pioneer Houses, nearby examples of this construction method. The houses were relocated to the Ballard Avenue Landmark District and preserved by Historic Seattle in 1976.

Saturday, May 23rd, 1-2 pm with tour of Pioneer Houses to follow
Ballard Public Library
5614 22nd Avenue NW, Seattle, WA 98107
Free & Drop-In

The research for this project was funded through Preservation Special Projects in 2013.