217 Plank House

Daily Life

Plank House


Typically these houses were 16 by 20 feet and constructed of found materials. The main floor provided living space and a second floor loft was used for sleeping. There was an east-facing front door and several windows. The floor, often dirt, had a fire and a simple chimney or smoke hole in the roof that provided heat for cooking and warmth.  Some houses had an open “lean-to” addition.


The Anishinaabe Presence Committee is proposing to construct such a house and lean-to that would provide exhibition space as well as space for programs, ceremonies, cultural exchange and creation of artifacts.