Big House, Little House, Back House, Barn: The Connected Farm Buildings of New England

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UPNE, 2004 - Architecture - 225 pages
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Winner of the Abbott Lowell Cummings Award

“Big house, little house, back house, barn”—this rhythmic cadence was sung by nineteenth-century children as they played. It also portrays the four essential components of the farms where many of them lived. The stately and beautiful connected farm buildings made by nineteenth-century New Englanders stand today as a living expression of a rural culture, offering insights into the people who made them and their agricultural way of life.

A visual delight as well as an engaging tribute to our nineteenth-century forebears, this book has become one of the standard works on regional farmsteads in America.
 

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Contents

The Buildings
32
The Buildings and the Land
70
Permanence and Change
86
Pattern in Building and Farming
113
Tobias Walker Moves His Shed
161
Why Tobias Walker Moved His Shed
179
Bibliography 213 Glossary
221
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THOMAS C. HUBKA currently teaches in the School of Architecture and Urban Planning at the University of Wisconsin--Milwaukee. In 2006 he received the Vernacular Architecture Forum s Henry Glassie Award in recognition of his lifetime of achievement. His most recent book is Resplendent Synagogue: Architecture and Worship in an Eighteenth-Century Polish Community which won the 2004 Orbis Book Prize for Polish studies, Honorable Mention.

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