EARLY CULTURAL INFLUENCES ON BARN BUILDING AND MODERN-DAY EFFORTS TO PRESERVE: CAN THE HISTORIC BARNS OF PUTNAM COUNTY, OHIO, BE SAVED?
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SubjectsHistoric preservation -- Theses
Barns -- Conservation and restoration -- Ohio -- Putnam County.
Historic buildings -- Conservation and restoration -- Ohio -- Putnam County.
A drive through Putnam County, Ohio, reveals the role that agriculture has historically played- and continues to play- in the county's economy. This agricultural focus means (1) many historic barns are extant and (2) those barns face demolition in the name of progress. Putnam County represents just one narrowly located geographic example of the problems faced by those who wish to preserve historic barns across the country. This thesis examines the effects of the teardown culture perpetuated by more than a hundred years oftaste-making by agricultural journals, then explores and analyzes bam preservation programs across the country and how aspects of those programs might be adapted to use in Putnam County. Finally, the thesis considers the questions raised in evaluating the integrity of historic barns, which typically have progressive building histories and may even have been moved over time. Taking the seven aspects identified by the National Park Service as determining the integrity of a structure - location, design, setting, materials, workmanship, feeling, and association- and interpreting them with a specific, critical eye toward barns, this thesis suggests baseline criteria that may be used by the preservation community at large to evaluate the integrity of historic barns. In conclusion, suggestions are made to conduct a survey of Putnam County's extant historic barns; pilot outreach, incentive, apprentice, and workshop programs are also suggested as catalysts toward future preservation efforts.