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Barns built by hand on Minnesota family farms are disappearing at the rate of about 1000 a year, according to Friends of Minnesota Barns.
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Stafford's big yellow barn collapses on a mildly windy day | The ...

Stafford's big yellow barn collapses on a mildly windy day | The ... | American Barns | Scoop.it
One of Genesee County's grandest of the old barns collapsed today. A good portion of the yellow barn next to the Stafford Fire Hall on Main Road, Stafford, simply gave way about 1:45 p.m. Stafford Fire Chief Bill Plaisted said ...
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8 Bookstores in Barns

8 Bookstores in Barns | American Barns | Scoop.it
Empty barns are one thing this country has plenty of, and a few enterprising booksellers have figured out something to do with all that space.
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Another good reuse of these special structures.
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Thinking Outside the Box: Creative Barn Conversion in England

Thinking Outside the Box: Creative Barn Conversion in England | American Barns | Scoop.it
The Brotherton Barn project by The Anderson Orr Partnership in Pusey, Oxfordshire, England is not a common building transformation. According to the ar.
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Why are barns usually painted red? | Red Barn Real Estate

Why are barns usually painted red? | Red Barn Real Estate | American Barns | Scoop.it
If you've ever driven through a rural area, it's likely that you've seen the red barns that speckle the farming landscape. There are several theories as to why barns are painted red. Centuries ago, European farmers would seal ...
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A 19th-Century Barn Becomes a Guest House in Gladwyne

A 19th-Century Barn Becomes a Guest House in Gladwyne | American Barns | Scoop.it
This barn was built in the late 1800s and sits on a 20-acre property in Gladwyne, Pennsylvania. Archer & Buchanan Architects restored and refashioned it as a guest house with recycled barn mate...
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Repurposing barns might be the best way to save them.

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Historic barn enthusiasts preserve living agricultural heritage - south west michigan

Historic barn enthusiasts preserve living agricultural heritage - south west michigan | American Barns | Scoop.it
Historic barn enthusiasts preserve living agricultural heritage south west michigan Steve Stier thoughtfully considered the reasons he, as president of Michigan Barn Preservation Network, and others like him, believe the barns of Michigan should be...
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Census Spells Big Trouble For Rural Counties

Census Spells Big Trouble For Rural Counties | American Barns | Scoop.it
WASHINGTON — A record number of U.S. counties – more than 1 in 3 – are now dying off, hit by an aging population and weakened local economies that are spurring young adults to seek jobs and build families elsewhere. New 2012 census estimates released Thursday highlight the population shifts as the U.S. encounters its most sluggish growth levels since the Great Depression. The findings also reflect the increasing economic importance of foreign-born residents as the U.S. ponders an overhaul of a major 1965 federal immigration law. Without new immigrants, many metropolitan areas such as New York, Chicago, Detroit, Pittsburgh and St. Louis would have posted flat or negative population growth in the last year. "Immigrants are innovators, entrepreneurs, they're making things happen. They create jobs," said Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder, a Republican, at an immigration conference in his state last week. Saying Michigan should be a top destination for legal immigrants to come and boost Detroit and other struggling areas, Snyder made a special appeal: "Please come here." The growing attention on immigrants is coming mostly from areas of the Midwest and Northeast, which are seeing many of their residents leave after years of staying put during the downturn. With a slowly improving U.S. economy, young adults are now back on the move, departing traditional big cities to test the job market mostly in the South and West, which had sustained the biggest hits in the housing bust. Also seeing big declines now are rural and exurban areas, along with industrial sections of the Rust Belt. ...
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Barn With An Attitude | Robert J. Galbraith

Barn With An Attitude | Robert J. Galbraith | American Barns | Scoop.it
But the true beauty of the barn is not only in its outer shell but in its inner mechanics, into which Walbridge incorporated railway technology, and this technology is what sets it apart from all other barns throughout the world.
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Ebony and Ivory

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Horses at the round barn. Taken with Ansco/Agfa 1923 studio 8x10 film camera. Lens is a 300 mm Tessar f4.5 -- a faintly wide angle for this size negative. 100 ISO film, f22 at 1/30 sec exposure.
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I took this photo.  The barn is being preserved at great cost to the present owner. He spent over $50,000 recently to reroof the structure.  At this point, communities need to consider helping to preserve these landmarks of American culture.

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Jeff Beddow's curator insight, March 19, 2013 12:28 AM

I took this photo with a camera that was 4 years older than the barn, which was built in 1927.