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Monday, March 8, 2010

Talk on Missouri Barns This Friday

Barn Again: Efforts to Document and Save Elements of the Rural Missouri Landscape

Noon, Friday, March 12 / Lecture Room / Architecture St. Louis / 911 Washington Avenue, Suite 170

Since joining Missouri Preservation as its Field Representative a little over a year ago, Bill Hart has been advocating for Missouri’s endangered historic resources. His position as Field Representative, a first for Missouri Preservation, is assisted by a Partners in the Field Challenge Grant from the National Trust for Historic Preservation. One of Bill’s outreach activities has included calling attention to the plight of the barn. Realizing that this is one of the most endangered building types not just in Missouri but throughout the nation, Bill has been photographing barns throughout the state (several hundred so far), keeping an eye toward at least providing quick photographic documentation of those that tenuously cling to the rural landscape. Bill has also been instrumental in organizing our state’s first barn alliance, which recently held its first meeting in conjunction with Missouri Preservation’s annual conference in Independence.

1 comment:

FOLKWAYS NOTEBOOK said...

Does the "Barn Again" project include the architectural landscape of the barn's homestead along with the landscape surrounding the homestead? A barn alone tells only its beauty and architectural form and little of its function and nothing of its symbiotic relationship to its surroundings. I love barns alone yet, in inventories it is nice if the whole piece is identified rather than just the piece, the piece being the barn. -- barbara