Sagebrush Vernacular: Rural Architecture in Nevada, edited by Stephen R. Davis.
Various contributors ponder the cultural expression of barns in rural Nevada. Ranch architecture and barn construction is examined for its practical, symbolic, and historical purposes in essay, prose, and dramatic black-and-white photos.
Barns reflect where people came from; their architecture was an accumulation of skill and knowledge brought from distant locales. Beyond historic use, barns are examined for the living archive of changing times, changing production, changing labor, and changing needs.
A sampling of chapter subjects include Timber-Frame Barns, Building with Stone, Making Do: Railroad Tie Buildings, Ranch Houses, and The Privy. This volume presents a nostalgic, yet realistic, tour of country ranch structures from the Carson Valley, Mason Valley, Lovelock, Paradise Valley, and counties ranging from Eureka, Nye, Elko, White Pine, Lincoln, and even Clark.
Paperback: 190 pages
Publisher: Nevada Humanities Committee (January 2003)