"The private buildings are very rarely constructed of stone or brick, much the greater pottion being of
scantling and boards, plaster with lime. It is impossible to devise things more ugly, uncomfortable, and
happily more perishable. There are two or three plans, on one of which according to its size, most of the
houses in the State are built. The poorest people build huts of logs, laid horizontally in pens, stopping
the inerstices with mud. These are warmer in winter, and cooler in summer, than the more epsnesive
constructions of scantling and plank..."
Jefferson is saying that American made buildings have bad structure and that we should return to the
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