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.

Alex Stevens Barn
Alex Stevens barn, Alplaus, Schenectady County. This New World Dutch barn was altered by later farmer-owners to include a door on its long side. The extension to the right is also a later addition to this iconic New York barn type.
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