Truss-Decorated Gable dormer
Photo: Nancy Andrews
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Truss-Decorated Gable

Not your basic gabled dormer, this one features an intricate truss design, which is characteristic of houses with half-timbered details. Today, this look may be purely decorative, created simply with nailed-on boards and plaster. Originally, however, the wooden pieces were part of the house's basic structural skeleton. They helped brace the main beams so they didn't twist out of shape.
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