Characteristic of Medieval buildings when the beams held the buildings up
and the spaces between them were filled with plaster.
A "half-timbered" building has exposed wood framing. The spaces
between the wooden timbers are filled with plaster, brick, or stone.
In the 19th and 20th centuries, it became fashionable to imitate Medieval
building techniques. Many Queen Anne and Stick style houses were given
false half-timbering. Timbers were applied to wall surfaces as decoration.
In the U.S. however, half-timbering is only a decorative - albeit
distinctive - covering of frame construction. In the United States, harsh
winters made half-timbered construction impractical.