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Alfred Raegan House, Roaring Fork Trail, Gatlinburg, Sevier County, TN



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Location
Roaring Fork Trail, Gatlinburg vicinity, TN

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Created/Published
Documentation compiled after 1933.

Notes
Survey number HABS TN-164
Unprocessed field note material exists for this structure (FN-14).
Significance: The Alfred Raegan house is a "saddle-back" house. The term refers to the location of the central chimney between two separate rooms, each of which is heated by a fireplace. The boxed kitchen, exterior board-and-batten walls, and the interior hand-dressed Poplar boards of the walls and ceilings mark the arrival of the sawmill in the area. The boards and battens sealed the mud chinking from the weather, and eliminated the necessity of periodic replacement. The use of hand-dressed tongue-and-groove Poplar boards was also a new development. The boxed kitchen was constructed by nailing boards and battens to a sill and plate, without any studs except at the openings and corners. This method of building was copied from the shacks constructed in the lumbering camps. The history of house construction in the Smokies is illustrated in the stages evident in this house. The earliest portion shows the hand hewn log walls of the earliest period, the sawn and hand-dressed boards which seal the house represent a mid-period, and the boxed construction of the kitchen represents the latest period. The blue and yellow paint used on the Raegan House was almost universally used in the mountains. The colors were ordered from the Sears and Roebuch catalog.

Collection
Historic American Buildings Survey (Library of Congress)

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