Saturday, June 04, 2005

green and grey

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The green roofing on this barn was installed a couple of years ago, using new materials. It looks oddly out of place next to the aging grey barnboard. At least the farmer has invested time and money in an attempt to stall the complete deterioration of the building. It's hard because it is quite an investment to maintain a building that no longer serves the purpose for which it was built. Money is more commonly spent on upgrades or machinery that will improve the bottom line of the farm. After all, this is a business, and livelihood for those who choose this life.

3 comments:

KatKit13 said...

I used to do a lot of barn drawings years ago (pen and inks). I was a huge fan of Eric Sloane's work. It so saddens me to see these barns just slowly disappear, abandoned...their history just left behind.

(this barn looks to be about of 1910 vintage).

pilgrim said...

I agree, it's an odd contrast, very nice finding!

Marcus said...

Hi, I came across your site accidentally when looking for a bee picture(!)...thanks very much for showing us these pictures - I write about renovation in France (and live in France) and the large wooden clad barns you show are just like the tobacco drying barns we have around here - also largely fallen into disrepair now. it's kind of strange to see the same type of building 1000's of miles away. Thanks again. Marcus.