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False Half-timbered

This apartment building in the 400 block of 13th Street displays false half-timbered exterior walls. In England, France, Germany and other areas where houses were built with true half-timbers in the 16th and 17th centuries these timber members provided actual support to the building.

False half-timbering looks like it is providing structural support, but the “timbers” are really just applied to the exterior of the walls for decoration. Stucco fills the gaps between the false-half timbers, as it often did in the real half-timbered houses that were the inspiration for this design. False half-timbering is often found in Tudor Revival, French Eclectic and Craftsman style buildings in Indianapolis.

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