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Key Buildings from Prehistory to the Present by Andrew Ballantyne

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Dürer House

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Nuremberg, Germany; c.1420

In places where there were forests nearby, houses were often built in timber. The smaller cottages of the peasantry would be built of earth, but the more substantial houses had timber frameworks with earth-based material filling in the spaces to make walls. Timber-frame construction was found in fortified towns across Europe during the Middle Ages, from northern Spain to Poland and Britain.

The example shown here, which was bought in 1509 by the German Renaissance painter Albrecht Dürer (1471–1528), is an unusually large city-centre house that was adapted to Dürer’s particular needs but was not built for ...

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