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Old Cape Cod kitchens were always fresh and cool, open to all work in the summer, and used for storage and common work in the winter.

The walls and ceilings were whitewashed, the floor was sanded. The open beams, girders, and walls were festooned with flowering herbs, stock-bearing seeds and various home products for ornament and use, varying with the season. A sense of long-day comfort floated in the air.

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Posted by Cape Cod - (website) on 02/14/06
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Having grown up in leafy Dover, 15 miles from Boston, loved old houses, my grandmother’s grandfather a Hopkins from Truro, with various other Old Comer’s mixed in, I can say with great authority that no ‘GIRDERS’ were ever in any old Cape kitchen! Post and beam was the old, time-honored, method, as old as England itself. The name ‘girders’ comes from steel construction. What misinformed nincompoop wrote those egregiously incorrect words? What an idiot!!

Posted by Stanley Wilder White from Twin Maple Farm, Burke, New York on 06/01/08 at 06:52 PM | #

Not always made of steel, girder is the term used to denote the main horizontal support of a structure which supports smaller beams. A main beam or “load carrying beam” in a wood post and beam structure is a girder.

Since kitchens in old Cape houses were always on the first floor they would have a girder or load carrying beam of wood running across the ceiling from which the floor joists for the second floor would run across the top of or be notched into.

Posted by Cape Cod from Cape Cod, Massachusetts on 06/01/08 at 11:45 PM | #

No—girders are not the common usage for wooden load-carrying beams; they are called load-carrying beams. Girders are generally and most often used to describe steel load-carrying beams. Girders. Beams. It is not called Post and Beam construction for nothing. It is never called Post and Girder construction.

Posted by Stanley White from Eastham Massachusetts on 11/20/11 at 10:26 AM | #

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