cloth, 192 pp., $35.00
Traveling across the northeastern United States and Canada, photographer and barn builder Jon Radojkovic has captured the history of the major building in the rural landscape of North America, the barn. Center of all farming activity in the past, these ever-present structures reflected the ethnicity of their individual builders and apparent success of each owner in his occupation. Photographing typical examples of various styles of barn construction, the author describes and illustrates in drawings the elements that shape buildings; occasional black and white photographs show the people who built them. A glossary and bibliography supply useful references on the topic. Not just a source of information for architects and nostalgic renderings for historians, this volume provides fascinating reading on barn building and the lore connected with the owners.
— Marilyn K. Alaimo, garden writer and volunteer, Chicago Botanic Garden