Illustrated Architecture Dictionary

King post

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: Other examples:

Photos and their arrangement 2002 Chuck LaChiusa
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