Our Slavic Fellow Citizens - 1910

Slovak Emigration
Chapter VI

Slovak Houses

The return from such a settlement to the Slovak town or village is a return to another world. Here are long, low houses, neat and cleam, ranged with their gable roofs end to end in an even row, flush with the street, the eaves just above the door. The roofs are apt to be of hand-made shingles, for thatch means plenty of grain to supply the straw, and not much grain grows here. The houses are generally either of brick, frequently merely sun dried, or of wood. Often the ends of crosslaid logs or great squared beams shaw clearly at the corners. But whatever the material, it is generally covered with plaster or raw clay, and either whitewashed or painted some pale shade of buff, blue or green. The houses are generally perfectly plain in their design, though same have pretty woodwork at the gable ends, or patterns painted on the walls or about the windows -- a kind of work which is a specialty of the wpmen, who are said to do it Freeband.

For specimens of Slovak architecture and wall decoration, including a wall painting reproduced in color, see Seton-Watson. pages 88, 204, 320, 352, 354, 356, 358, 362


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