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Description - Round Barns of New York by Richard Triumpho

This book begins with an overview of the first five round barns built across America, including one in New York State Elliott Stewart, who built the first octagon barn in the Empire State in 1874, is revealed to be a passionate original whose vigorous editorial campaign led to the construction of a dozen such barns. The author next introduces John McArthur who constructed a polygonal (sixteen-sided, double octagon) barn so huge it was the biggest in the state and second largest in the nation! Case histories document five other singular New York barns of varying configurations. Abundant photos make these bygone barns spring to life. Floor plans of the earliest barns show why the round shape engaged farmers at the turn of the century. The book also explains why true-round barns, born of silos, surpassed octagon barns in popularity. A special section on seven true-round barns in New York offers historical data and rare anecdotes by present owners. This fascinating chronicle shows how these eccentric barns rose to fashion, why so few survived in New York State, and why the remaining are worth studying - and preserving - as legitimate architecture and as a record of agricultural progres

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780815607960
ISBN-10: 0815607962
Format: Hardback
(229mm x 152mm x mm)
Pages: 192
Imprint: Syracuse University Press
Publisher: Syracuse University Press
Publish Date: 1-May-2004
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Richard Triumpho

Richard Triumpho, author of two books, is a freelance writer for a number of magazines. He operates his family's dairy farm in St. Johnsville, New York.

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