A-Frame

circa 1934 - 1960s

This triangle shaped building design was popularized by Austrian-born architect Rudolph Schindler, who designed a vacation cottage for a client. The design was quickly standardized and adopted as a vacation-type home. A-frame roofs were also seen in other building types such as churches, restaurants, motels, and gas stations. It reached its greatest popularity in the mind-1960s and is characterized by:

  • Low hanging eaves, often at or just above grade
  • A-shaped, steep pitched roof
  • Windows in gable ends
  • Interior ceilings are often open to the top rafters