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.

Barn Interior Cross-Section
Johannes Decker barn, 1750, Shawangunk, Ulster County. The H-bent framing clearly visible in this cross-section of a barn interior, divided the New World Dutch barn into three distinct spaces: a central area with a plank floor for threshing grain, and aisles at either side for housing animals.
Photo by Cornell University Press