half-timbered turret
Photo: Nancy Andrews

Castle Connection

Because turrets developed as castle appendages, they look particularly good on houses with details that hearken back to earlier times. Half-timbered structures are a good fit because this style developed when medieval builders erected timber skeletons and then filled in the gaps with stone or wattle-and-daub, an early form of lath and plaster. This left some of the framing exposed, hence the term "half-timbered."
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