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If any building is uniquely American, it's the rustic old barn, mainstay of every farm. The barn may be a humble contribution to architecture, but people spend fortunes to restore them or remodel them for reuse as residences and getaway homes. This valuable survey covers more styles of barn than any other book, and displays them inside and out, with hundreds of photos, drawings, site plans, and floor plans, along with lively text that explains a charming variety of styles and innovations. You get complete plans for everything from the first primitive lean-tos to early English thatched versions, to later German and Scandinavian barns of massive stone grandeur, to the most popular styles of this century, taking off from Dutch-based models. There are also plans for unusual barn styles, including the round Shaker style, the bank or ramp style, and a range of Victorian barns that echo the various revival styles of farmhouses. Don't miss this book if you're thinking of restoring or remodeling a barn - or if you just to enjoy these beloved old artifacts of true Americana.