Growing up in Kentucky, the most fascinating architecture wasn’t the newer buildings of Louisville or Lexington, but rather the old barns, slowly sinking back to the earth. The patterns of light and dark that infused the interiors lent a kind of mystery to these barns along with the strange implements and tools. Tabacco barns in particular, with their distinctive vertical vent shutters creating a rhythm of black and white, look a bit like Greek temples or hypostyle halls.

This is a scan of a kodachrome slide taken around 1988 or ’87.

Photo by Mark Gerwing, 1987(?).


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