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The Historic Barns of Southeastern Pennsylvania: Architecture & Preservation, Built 1750–1900

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The Historic Barns of Southeastern Pennsylvania: Architecture & Preservation, Built 1750–1900

Gregory D. Huber

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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 late 1700s 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.

Size: 8 1/2″ x 11″ | 286 color & b/w photos & charts | 288 pp
ISBN13: 9780764353192 | Binding: hard cover

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Greg Huber is a barn and house historian, consultant and ownerof Past Perspectives and Eastern Barn Consultants – historiccultural resource companies. Huber has specialized in house and barn architecture ofHolland Dutch and Pennsylvania Swiss-German culture areas that include morethan 8,000 vernacular houses and barns. He has authored more than 210 articles on architecture andis co-author of two books – the second edition of The New World Dutch Barn (2001) and Stone Houses – Traditional Homes of Pennsylvania’s Bucks County andBrandywine Valley (2005). He has also led 60 tours and given more than 180lectures on architecture in the past 25 plus years. He won the Alice Kenneyaward and the Allen Noble Book Award issued by the Pioneer America Society.