Valuing “under the house”: women’s knowledge and the architectural history of the stumped Queensland house

Keys, Cathy and Steele, Wendy (2017) Valuing “under the house”: women’s knowledge and the architectural history of the stumped Queensland house. Fabrications, 27 1: 100-119. doi:10.1080/10331867.2016.1262713


Author Keys, Cathy
Steele, Wendy
Title Valuing “under the house”: women’s knowledge and the architectural history of the stumped Queensland house
Journal name Fabrications   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 2164-4756
1033-1867
Publication date 2017-01-05
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/10331867.2016.1262713
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 27
Issue 1
Start page 100
End page 119
Total pages 20
Place of publication Abingdon, Oxon, United Kingdom
Publisher Routledge
Collection year 2018
Language eng
Abstract This paper offers a gendered reading of the uses of “under the house” in the raised Queensland house–a house form which has been understood as an expression of vernacular architecture. Architectural writers have emphasised material and climatic narratives when seeking to understand the practice of elevating living areas up off the ground on timber stumps. By contrast, we highlight the value women placed on the everyday use of interstitial housing space under the Queensland house “between the stumps” and beneath the floorboards. In particular we emphasise the socio-cultural importance women placed on these informal housing spaces for domestic activities including washing and drying clothes. Drawing on Australian textual records including a 1944 survey of Queensland “housewives,” we re-consider women’s occupation and valuing of “under the house” and the implications of this as a rereading of Queensland’s “vernacular” architecture.
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Institutional Status UQ

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