Built To Last

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Stein Am Rhein, Switzerland, is a tourist mecca – primarily I think because of its architecture. This house in particular caught my eye.

Haus Vetter (Cousin’s House) dates back to 1473, though I suspect there may have been an upgrade or two since then.

Canadian houses aren’t expected to last that long. I’m wondering why that is.

Is it that we deliberately build cheaply, knowing that tastes change and the building will be knocked down in a century anyway? Or is our harsh climate so much harder on buildings that they don’t last, no matter how well they are constructed.

I wonder if anyone knows?

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