Texas Log Buildings

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Once too numerous to attract attention, the log buildings of Texas now stand out for their rustic beauty. This book preserves a record of the log houses, stores, inns, churches, schools, jails, and barns that have already become all too few in the Texas countryside. Terry Jordan explores the use of log buildings among several different Texas cultural groups and traces their construction techniques from their European and eastern American origins.

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Texas Log Buildings: A Folk Architecture

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Overview

Once too numerous to attract attention, the log buildings of Texas now stand out for their rustic beauty. This book preserves a record of the log houses, stores, inns, churches, schools, jails, and barns that have already become all too few in the Texas countryside. Terry Jordan explores the use of log buildings among several different Texas cultural groups and traces their construction techniques from their European and eastern American origins.

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Editorial Reviews

Dallas Morning News
So well written that it will appeal not only to folklorists and architectural historians but also to anyone who has ever stopped the car on a Sunday afternoon and walked across a pasture to look at an old house.
Frontier Times
What is undoubtedly one of the most important books in recent years on Old West architecture . . . will cause many a reader to dream of owning his or her own log cabin far from the bustle of civilization.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780292780514
  • Publisher: University of Texas Press
  • Publication date: 1/1/1982
  • Pages: 244
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.51 (d)

Meet the Author

The late Terry G. Jordan held the Walter Prescott Webb Chair in History and Ideas in the geography department at the University of Texas at Austin.
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Table of Contents

Preface to the Second Paperback Printing
Acknowledgments
1. A Regional Folk Architecture
2. The Origin & Diffusion of Log Folk Architecture
3. Raising a Log Wall
4. Corner Notching
5. Construction of Floors, Roofs, & Chimneys
6. Log Dwelling Types & Floorplans
7. Log Public Buildings
8. Rural Log Outbuildings
9. Texas Log Culture Regions
Appendices
1. A List of Texas Restoration Projects Open to the Public That Include Log Structures
2. A List of Replicas or Reconstructions of Log Buildings in Texas
Notes
Glossary of Log Construction Terms Encountered in Texas
Bibliography
Index
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