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Saturday, September 25, 2010

FOLK VERNACULAR ARCHITECTURAL FRAGMENTS -- Sunday Simplicities

Folk architectural fragments, vernacular in feeling, that I found in Madison, Mason, and Garrard Counties of Kentucky

Backside of smokehouse -- Madison County


Limestone entrance stairs to early 1800s house -- Garrard County


Deteriorating gingerbread trim -- Garrard County

Entrance Door to old business place -- Mason County

13 comments:

  1. Neat, Barbara! I especially like the first one, where it's obvious they were making use of otherwise waste wood. The slabs, of course, are the by-product of the logs they used somewhere else in construction. Interesting. Obviously, too, they left lots of "airspace" for the smoke to escape.

    Great photos!
    Elora

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  2. Elora-
    My comment box is acting up -- I don't know if the print will carry through to you -- hope so. Thanks for the comment. I wish you a cool happy weekend -- its beautiful here today! -- barbara

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  3. We have a house down the branch from us that some years ago the owners covered with those slabs ( on top of pale green asbestos shingles.) The slabs have held up well and look quite attractive.

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  4. Vicki- I think that the asbestos would provide great insulation under the slabs. Also, by not taking off the asbestoes the owners didn't open themselves to abestoes infiltration in the lungs. From what you say it does sound like it would make an attractive siding on a house. -- barbara

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  5. Love those photos, the building materials are just so deliciously full of character and history :)

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  6. Jayne -- old architectural fragments do have a language of their own -- you put it so well in your comment. Thanks -- barbara

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  7. Wonderful images, Barbara. If I could just reinforce that verandah, and straighten the gingerbread woodwork, I would be very pleased. It looks like the roof of that property is slate, or maybe wooden shingles. It is beautiful, either way.

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  8. LiD the house is old but the roof is fairly modern -- being asbestos shingles. It is beautiful gingerbread and hopefully it will be repaired in the near future. As always I appreciate your comments

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  9. Delicious patina. What what stories they must hold!

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  10. Willow -- I'm sure the stories would be interesting. Thanks for the comment -- barbara

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  11. So many interesting patterns and textures. I especially like the wood strips on the smokehouse.

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  13. barefootheart -- Thanks for the comment -- I like you found the weathered horizontal strips against the underneath vertical boards artistic in feeling.

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