600 Year Old Timber Frame Building in France

“This oak frame thatched building is almost 600 years old. It’s the town hall (Mairie) of Saint Sulpice de Grimbouville in France. It was originally built in the nearby town of Selles, 12Km away, in 1420 by English carpenters during the Hundred Years War. In 1996 it was threatened with demolition but saved by the people of Saint Sulpice de Grimbouville along with three other cottages.…”

Isn’t this a beauty? Everything is right about it.

From the Natural Homes website, which is packed with great info on homes of timber, straw, cob, thatch, adobe, and turf. The website is run out of Russia by Oliver Blake Swann. https://naturalhomes.org/

8 Responses to 600 Year Old Timber Frame Building in France

  1. Anonymous says:

    exactly…"Everything is right about it"

  2. Rob says:

    Hey! What happened to the 'Fourlights' houses post and Jay Schaffer?

  3. Doesn't look a day over 40!

  4. Lloyd Kahn says:

    Jay Shafer coming uo tomorrow, April 5th

  5. Gorgeous, Lloyd. I'm so glad it was saved.

  6. Anonymous says:

    anyone have a link to see the inside?

  7. A wonderful house which people can still live in. The second floor is larger than the first.Is this because of property tax? Be this forever!

    In japan the same timber framed large house.Two story with three floor attic.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VyeeUZ2kGYc&oq=%E4%BA%94%E7%AE%87%E5%B1%B1&gs_l=youtube..0.5j0l5j0i5j0i5i4i37.5752.31879.0.36544.…1ac.1j4.11.youtube.y9yyrF9xZJw

  8. Anonymous says:

    some even older structures, which were built to withstand Earthquakes and Cannon Ball Fire

    The Tulous of Fujian Province
    Centuries of Longevity

    (First Apartment Buildings?)

    As well as family areas many of the tulou have amenities to support and sustain the entire local population – storehouses, wells and meeting halls. In fact the tulous rapidly evolved to being, in effect, small walled towns.

    The walls of a tulou can be anything up to 6 feet thick and were created by building an inner and outer walls and filling the gap in between. In order to maximise the strength of the wall a combination of materials was used – stone, wood, bamboo and anything else which could be compacted to reinforce the structure. These walls were strong enough to protect the residents even from cannon fire.

    (still in use today)

    As a result of the walls and their sheer size the result was a mini-city which was also wind-proofed and extremely well ventilated: the tulous are an oasis of coolness in the hot summer months and the insulation provided by the walls means that they retain warmth in the winter.

    significant advantage of these vast structures. Whether it was planned originally or not, the tulous are able to stand up to high magnitude earthquakes – the major contributor to their centuries of longevity.


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