Saving the Barns, Before They Vanish

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Wendy Carlson for The New York Times

European architects of the early 20th century became enamored with the spare construction of American barns, said Sandy Isenstadt, a professor of modern architecture at Yale. “To them, barns and silos represented exactly the sort of strict functional thinking, without concern for aesthetics, that a new architecture might be founded upon,” he said. “So they saw such buildings as beautiful — a beauty that descends from attention to function rather than from concern for appearance.”

Saving the Barns, Before They Vanish Wendy Carlson NYT 3/6/09

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