Rural Architecture in the New World: The Evolution of Barns in New York

When European farmers began colonizing the New World, rural architecture from their Dutch, English and German backgrounds was adapted to the new surroundings and available resources, making for unique agricultural structures.

New World Dutch Barn
Johannes Decker barn, 1750, Shawangunk, Ulster County. New World Dutch barns typically have a footprint that is almost square, with access via main doors on the gable ends of the building. A pentice roof above the doors provides protection from the weather.
Photo by Cornell University Press