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St.Johns, Historic Homes, Newfoundland, Canada 05

Description : One distinguishing feature of the architecture of St. John,s is the preponderance of wooden houses. Compared with European and even North American cities, St. John,s has very few stone or brick dwellings.

When the first settlers arrived from England in the seventeenth century, they built their houses of wood as had been the custom in their homeland. Houses in England were primarily built of wood up until the sixteenth century when the demand for lumber in ship building and other industries depleted forest stocks and raised the price of wood. As a result, homebuilders switched to other materials such as stone or brick.

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