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A Few Old Barns
By George W.J. Duncan
In the field of heritage conservation in Ontario, the topic of barns and their preservation is at the forefront of people’s interest. There is a sense of urgency to act before it is too late to recognize and preserve this important aspect of our social, economic, and architectural heritage within the context of accelerating change.
As our cities grow and the business of farming continues to evolve into a large-scale corporate enterprise, only a few old barns will remain as monuments to our agricultural heritage.
A Few Old Barns, originally published in 2007, has been updated and reissued by The OHS in 2019, coinciding with the incorporation through affiliation with The OHS of a new not-for-profit corporation, Ontario Barn Preservation.
Enjoy this charming book featuring over 20 original drawings by George W.J. Duncan, Senior Heritage Planner for the City of Markham, Ontario.
Read a book review of A Few Old Barns by Richard Longley, Former President, Architectural Conservancy Ontario.
FORMAT: Digital Download (PDF)
PUBLISHER: The Ontario Historical Society
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Preface to the 2019 Edition
Nostalgia for Barns
The Barn as Art
Barns with a Story to Tell
The Barn Roof as a Distinguishing Feature
The Red Barn
The Evolution of Barns
Posts, Beams, Mortises & Tenons
To Ward Off Fire
Sources and Suggested Reading
To Help Preserve and Promote Ontario’s Barns
About the Author
George Duncan, a member of The Ontario Historical Society, characterizes himself as “a student of early Ontario architecture.” His main area of interest is the documentation of historic structures.
He has worked in the field of heritage conservation from the early 1980s to the present, currently serving as Senior Heritage Planner for the City of Markham