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Barns of New York: Rural Architecture of the Empire State (Paperback)Cynthia G. Falk (author)
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Barns of New York explores and celebrates the agricultural and architectural diversity of the Empire State-from Long Island to Lake Erie, the Southern Tier to the North Country-providing a unique compendium of the vernacular architecture of rural New York. Through descriptions of the appearance and working of representative historic farm buildings, Barns of New York also serves as an authoritative reference for historic preservation efforts across the state.Cynthia G. Falk connects agricultural buildings-both extant examples and those long gone-with the products and processes they made and make possible. Great attention is paid not only to main barns but also to agricultural outbuildings such as chicken coops, smokehouses, and windmills. Falk further emphasizes the types of buildings used to support the cultivation of products specifically associated with the Empire State, including hops, apples, cheese, and maple syrup.Enhanced by more than two hundred contemporary and historic photographs and other images, this book provides historical, cultural, and economic context for understanding the rural landscape. In an appendix are lists of historic farm buildings open to the public at living history museums and historic sites. Through a greater awareness of the buildings found on farms throughout New York, readers will come away with an increased appreciation for the state's rich agricultural and architectural legacy.
Publisher: Cornell University Press
Number of pages: 296
Weight: 28 g
Dimensions: 254 x 178 x 23 mm
"Barns of New York is an ambitious undertaking. This is the first book dedicated to a statewide overview. Cynthia G. Falk has filled a void on an often overlooked, richly deserving topic and covered a lot of ground in a concise manner. Don't leave Falk's book on the shelf. Take it with you on a drive and use it to make sense of those buildings you ordinarily pass without recognition. The architecture of barns is the architecture of work done mostly, not long ago, by man and animal. If you are looking for a place to connect with the past, you cannot do much better than a barn."* Hudson River Valley Review *
"Professor Falk enjoys a reputation as an astute architectural historian, and in this volume she demonstrates why. Her knowledge of form, style, function, and construction consistently serve to advance important insights. She demonstrates that in the rural New York State landscape we can interpret the history of farming if we just learn how to see the evidence and read it properly. Plentiful historic images and contemporary photographs work beautifully with the text to lend depth to these insights. The work's source base is also substantial.... As policy makers, communities, and farming people consider the future, they may indeed look to the past as well; therefore, this book offers a valuable historical perspective for our times."-- Sally McMurry * New York History *
"This is a very detailed look at the diverse forms of barns used in agriculture in New York from the Canadian border to Long Island.... Falk surveys structures by building type and by function, with much technical material about materials, methods of construction, farming, storage processes, and reuse of structures. Period diaries and journals are used extensively for the agricultural history.... This will be an important book for... readers interested in vernacular architecture, material culture, agricultural history, New York history, and the preservation of this cultural heritage."* Choice *
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