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Barn: The Art of a Working Building
     

Barn: The Art of a Working Building

by Alexander Greenwood, David Larkin, Elric Endersby
 

A magnificant book of full-color photographs and text show the history, architecture, and beauty of the barn. BARN is a celebration of an ancient symbol of shelter and harvest, with more than two hundred full-color photographs and an informed text by two expert practitioners of the art and craft of barn restoration.

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A magnificant book of full-color photographs and text show the history, architecture, and beauty of the barn. BARN is a celebration of an ancient symbol of shelter and harvest, with more than two hundred full-color photographs and an informed text by two expert practitioners of the art and craft of barn restoration.

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Library Journal
Symbols of harvest, shelter, honest effort, and quintessential Americana, barns are the epitome of North American vernacular architecture. Barn , a loving tribute to these simple yet powerful structures, contains an informed text by practitioners of barn restoration who treat barns as historical, architectural, and cultural entities. Sections deal with European origins, New World barns, barn raising, and restoration. Some 200 evocative color photos, illuminating diagrams, and overall careful design will appeal to a wide range of readers on many levels. Endersby's Barn is highly recommended for academic and larger public collections. The Pennsylvania Barn focuses on a single type: the forebay bank, or Pennsylvania-German barn, evolved from 18th-century Swiss and German models, which has enriched agricultural landscapes across a broad region of the United States and Canada. Ensminger (geography, Kutztown Univ.) has written a scholarly inquiry of value to cultural and historical geographers, regional folklorists, and students of rural American architecture. The detailed text is enhanced by more than 40 maps and diagrams and 150 photos. This specialized study expands Joseph Glass's The Pennsylvania Culture Region: A View from the Barn (UMI Res. Pr., 1986). LeRoy Schultz's Barns, Stables, and Outbuildings (McFarland, 1986) provides a useful bibliography, and Ernest Burden's Living Barns (N.Y. Graphic Soc., 1984) covers barn restoration, remodeling, and conservation. -- Russell T. Clement, Brigham Young Univ. Lib., Provo, Ut .
Donna Seaman
A splendid tribute to the functional beauty of barns, this handsome volume (designed by David Larkin, who also brought us "Wooden Ship" ) boasts more than 200 pristine color photographs. The authors begin with a discussion of the origins of the European barn and then provide historical and architectural information to accompany a series of photographs of the oldest standing medieval barns in England, Germany, and Scandinavia. Various styles and structural distinctions are explained and shown in schematic drawings, while interior shots capture the cathedrallike grandeur of the barns' aisled halls. As the focus moves to America, we see that the abundance of long, straight timbers led settlers to build structures that were simpler and roomier than the barns built by their European ancestors. As the photographs and text illuminate regional differences in materials and design, decorative details, such as the painted hex signs of the Pennsylvania Dutch, cupolas and weather vanes, brick patterns, and wrought iron hinges, are highlighted. One chapter documents a contemporary barn raising, describing tools, process, and ritual. A final section notes the increasing abandonment and decay of traditional barns and the successful transformation of some into spectacular homes.
Booknews
A celebration of a simple form wedded to the tilling of the land--the barn as history, as architecture, as heritage--with some 200 lovely color photographs (a number of them double-page, i.e., 18x12") and an informed text by two expert practitioners of the art and craft of barn restoration. A beautiful production by renowned book designer David Larkin. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780395573723
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
11/28/1992
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
9.48(w) x 12.36(h) x 1.24(d)

Meet the Author


Larkin is the editor-designer of the best-selling Barn and Shaker and the author of Farm, among many other books published here and abroad. He currently lives in Cherry Plain, New York.

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