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Saltbox Type Roof Styles

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Saltbox Roof

Saltbox House with Lean-to Addition Visible


John Quincy Adam's Birthplace was a Saltbox House

Most similar to a gable roof, the saltbox style rose from a need to create more space for cramped colonial houses. Early Americans looking for an efficient way to add space to a home soon realized that adding a one story lean-to (or shed roof) to the back of a 1 1/2 or 2 story house saved materials and cost. The earliest examples of saltbox houses will sometimes show evidence of the addition by having a second "lean-to chimney/fireplace" or by changing the roof line (slope) on the addition to allow enough height for a useable ceiling. Eventually, the addition became so commonplace the lean-to was simply added into the original design of the house.

Saltbox houses were a variation of the early Colonial or Cape Cod style and were particularly popular during the late 1600's and into the early 1800's. The name saltbox was taken from the building's similarity in shape to wooden lidded boxes commonly used to hold salt at the time.

John Quincy Adams, the sixth President of the United States was born in a saltbox house that remains standing to this day. (See bottom picture at the right.)

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