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At Home in the American Barn with Photographer Geoffrey Gross
July 22, 2017
Join us for an illustrated talk with Geoffrey Gross as he presents images from his new book, “At Home in the American Barn.” The book – featuring photos by Gross and Brant Bolding and text by James Garrison – examines the fascinating possibilities for living and adaptive reuse provided by the expansive spaces and rough-hewn look of these traditional structures. Nationwide, Americans are turning to structures such as the barn with a mind to renovating them to fit the lifestyles of today, redesigning these often-wonderful places of the past into residential spaces. “At Home in the American Barn” embraces the dream to slow things down and return to basics and shares some success stories, as made plain by the buildings themselves. Gross’ work focuses on the barn as home. Each of the structures photographed has been adapted from its original utilitarian purpose to allow for comfortable, joyous living. Built at first as places for work, barns nevertheless often demonstrate fine craftsmanship and artistry. Gross’ work emphasizes the rare beauty of these structures and shows throughout elegant solutions for living in these beautifully imagined homes.
Geoffrey Gross’ previous work includes “Dutch Colonial Homes in America,” (featuring the Mabee Farm). A tour of the Farm’s Dutch Barn will be given after the program. This program is co-sponsored
Society of Architectural Historians, the Dutch Barn Preservation Society, and the Schenectady County Historical Society. Admission is free for members of these groups; $5 for the general public.