building

building
A structure designed and suitable for habitation or sheltering human beings and animals, sheltering or storing property, or for use and occupation for private and public business, trade, or manufacture. 13 Am J2d Bldgs § 1; 13 Am J2d Burgl § 6; in the broad sense, any structure erected and fixed upon or in the soil, composed of different pieces connected together and designed for permanent use in the position in which it is so fixed, provided the purpose of use is that of habitation, trade, manufacture, religion, education, entertainment, or ornament. 20 Am J2d Cov § 194 . Still more broadly defined as any structure with walls and a roof. 29 Am J Rev ed Ins § 293. In contracts, the term "building" is variable, depending for interpretation upon the purpose and context of the contract. So, an incomplete structure is a "building" within the meaning of an insurance contract. 29 Am J Rev ed Ins § 293; and a foundation without more is a building within the meaning of a mechanic's lien law, where the failure to complete the building was due to the owner of the premises. 36 Am J1st Mech L § 42. A wall, or even a fence, is sometimes deemed a building for the purposes of a restrictive covenant. Anno: 23 ALR2d 946. Of course, the foundation is a part of a building. Davison v Walla Walla, 52 Wash 453, 100 P 981.

Ballentine's law dictionary. . 1998.

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