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.

Erisman Barn
Erisman barn, Lancaster, Erie County. The forebay, or overhang projecting from the upper level, provided increased space on the second floor and also sheltered the doors leading to the animal stabling on the lower level.
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