Washington State's Round Barns: Preserving a Vanishing Rural Heritage (Paperback)

Washington State's Round Barns: Preserving a Vanishing Rural Heritage By Tom Bartuska, Helen Bartuska Cover Image

Washington State's Round Barns: Preserving a Vanishing Rural Heritage (Paperback)


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Enchanted by their beauty, complexity, and historical significance, the Bartuskas began researching, visiting, and photographing the region's round barns soon after Tom accepted a teaching position at Washington State University's architecture department in 1963. Focusing on structures over fifty years old, at least two stories, and over fifty feet in diameter, the authors eventually found twenty-one, and made it their mission to create a comprehensive inventory. Since most of the barns were constructed in the early 1900s, the couple explored archives to gather remarkable historic photographs and paperwork. When possible, they also took interior and exterior photographs and talked with owners to tell the story of each one--who built it and when, original and current uses, individual characteristics, construction details, and extra anecdotes they learned along the way. They also revisited several sites to document what changed over time.

In addition, the Bartuskas introduce the hows and whys, as well as the fascinating history and development of round barns across the United States. The structures continue to succumb to economic and technological changes, as well as to fire, disrepair, and the forces of nature. Since the authors started their project, seven of the barns no longer exist, and several of the remaining fourteen are in serious trouble. Hoping to inspire others to help maintain, preserve, and restore these unique cultural icons, they include examples of successful re-use and creative conservation nationwide, along with other significant ways to save additional types of barns, buildings, and rural communities in order to preserve a vanishing rural heritage.

Product Details ISBN: 9781638640240
ISBN-10: 1638640246
Publisher: Basalt Books
Publication Date: April 18th, 2024
Pages: 204
Language: English