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American Barns and Covered Bridges (Americana) (Paperback)

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When this book was first published in the mid-1950s, the author was concerned that such functional structures as the American barn and the covered bridge would soon give way to progress and be replaced by modern elements. Today, a number of these sturdy, beautifully proportioned barns and bridges are still standing -- monuments to the skill and keen eye of their original builders. This lovingly written book, accompanied by more than 75 of the author's own sketches, provides a reliable record of those vanishing forms of architecture. Accurate line drawings depict a variety of barns, such as those in Maine, attached to houses; an open log barn in Virginia, and a top hat barn in North Carolina. Covered bridges -- like barns, built for soundness and endurance -- are also illustrated, among them a saltbox structure in New England, a bridge with a pedestrian walkway in rural New York State, and a 10-span-long bridge at Clark's Ferry, Pennsylvania. Possessing a deep feeling for what might be called the Age of Wood, the author writes with warmth and astonishing comprehension. -- New York Herald Tribune Book Review. Americana enthusiasts and lovers of these traditional symbols of early American life will delight in this priceless tribute to a bygone era. Over 75 black-and-white illustrations.

About the Author

The books of Eric Sloane celebrate the time-honored traditions of early America and remind us of the ties that forever bind us to them. A prolific artist, Sloane created nearly 15,000 paintings and drawings over his lifetime, many of which enhance his delightful books of bygone days.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780486425610
ISBN-10: 0486425614
Publisher: Dover Publications
Publication Date: January 27th, 2003
Pages: 112
Language: English
Series: Americana