Illustrated Architecture Dictionary
A vertical member connecting the apex of a triangular truss with the base.
The king post is usually strictly a tie intended to prevent the sagging of the tie beam in the middle.
In a common form of king post roof truss there are diagonal struts, supporting the main rafters, and bearing upon the enlarged foot of the king post.
Truss: A rigid framework, as of wooden beams or metal bars, designed to support a structure, such as a roof
Tie beam: In roof framing, a horizontal timber connecting two opposite rafters at their lower ends to prevent them from spreading
See also queen post
Found in Gothic Revival,Queen Anne styles
Examples from Buffalo architecture:
- Illustration above: 298 Jersey St.
- 383 Bryant Ave.
- 22 Irving Street
- 25 Irving Street
- 249 North Street
- Richard A. Waite House (has diagonal struts)
- Ross Funeral Home
- Roycroft Inn
- Calvary Episcopal Church, Williamsville, NY
- Photo: Mrs. William J. Dickerson House, 298 Jersey Street
- Photo: 86 York Street