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Researching the Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site of Canada
  Recherche sur la Forteresse-de-Louisbourg Lieu historique national du Canada


Sod Buildings

by Linda Hoad

In Historians,
Preliminary Architectural Studies,
Volume 01, Unpublished Report HG 02
(Fortress of Louisbourg, 1972,
Report Number H G 02 01 05)

There are no documentary references to sod buildings as such, although sod was a common roofing material. However, plans 731-1 and 731-3 (see the illustrations for piquet construction) illustrate several sod buildings, which, from their location, served as échaffauds or fish houses. There buildings built on jetties as illustrated, would have been subject to damage by storms, tides, and ice, and probably required constant repairs. The documents do not indicate what material was used in the construction of échaffauds, and more research will be required to determine the exact nature of sod buildings.