First Period c. 1626 - c. 1725
From The Salem Handbook, Historic Salem Incorporated, 1977
- Originally one room deep with prominent central chimney. Often a second story overhang on front and/or side with lean-to added to rear of building.
- Entrance on long side of building with little concern for facade symmetry. Simple, serviceable board and batten door.
- Small, few in number, and asymmetrically placed. Framed simply, the windows were usually casement with diagonal shaped leaded panes.
- Steep pitch, often with many gables. Massive oblong, central chimney was roofline focus.
- Timber frame construction. Usually unpainted wood with narrow clapboards.
- Minimal external decorative treatment.