This book by Gregory D. Huber is beautiful. I actually said “wow!” when I pulled it out of the packaging. Full of color pictures that perfectly illustrate the text. Full of information that you can skim through or really study. I’ll confess that I looked at the pictures and read mostly the captions – unless there was a barn that I wanted to learn more about. You can spend time reading about dimensions and studying some basic blue print drawings to learn even more.
One of the reasons I chose this book is because I lived in the area that these barns are in. I’ve seen many barns like this in real life, but never paid much attention to window, roof, or door style. It was interesting to read about their history.
I can’t even imagine how much time went into gathering all the information and pictures. The author “Greg Huber, is a barn and house historian, consultant and owner of Past Perspectives and Eastern Barn Consultants?historic cultural resource companies. He has authored more than 210 articles on house and barn architecture and is co-author of two books.”
It starts with a chapter titled “Europe before the First American Barns” then continues from 1750 – 1900 with types of barns, types of materials, what influenced the way they were built, common decorations, and much more. If you want to figure out how old a barn is there is a chapter to help. If you get through the whole book and still want to learn more there is some recommended literature.
If you love barns or know someone that does you should check out this book! The Historic Barns of Southeastern Pennsylvania: Architecture & Preservation, Built 1750–1900
Here is some of the back cover copy:
For anyone who has ever admired a barn on an old country lane, this is the story of that barn and many others in Southeastern Pennsylvania, or, specifically, “the hearth,” the area east of the Susquehanna River and South of the Blue Mountains. One of the earliest-settled areas in North America, this region of the Keystone State, which includes Lehigh, Bucks, and Lancaster Counties, is home to an astounding 20,000 standing barns, in various states of repair, built from the early 1800s on. Discussed in this text are the primary factors that have determined the fundamental structures and appearances of the six great barn classifications, including forest resources. Other featured topics are architectural aspects and regionalisms, dates of construction, survival of 18th-century examples, mysterious decorations, and barn preservation. Completing this treatise are representative color photographs, building plan sketches, charts conveying the prevalence of types, and a glossary of barn terms.
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