CFFC: Abandoned Buildings or Barns

In the early 2000s, there were a lot of old, nearly collapsed barns and sheds, as well as long-abandoned mills. Since then many old wooden mills have burned down, but anything reasonably solid was renovated and converted. Many old mills have been turned into senior housing or a business or shopping venue. Most barns have been renovated. They are still barns, just not falling down.

This barn was complete renovated and is now in great shape
Our near Amherst, permanently collapsing
Somehow, I’m betting this building has disappeared
Window in the wall of an old barn

It would seem that the value of a barn to too important to let it collapse. We have barns in great condition that date back to the early 1700s.

Built in 1706. Not falling down

Categories: #Photography, Architecture, Cee's Photo Challenge, farm

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11 replies

  1. As a kid on the prairies I used to skulk around a few abandoned homesteads. I gotta say some of those places gave me the creeps. But they are definitely great subject matter for photography.
    Nice work.


  2. Oh your photos are fantastic this week. Thanks Marilyn 😀


    • You are most welcome, Cee. I went through a “barn” phase when I photographed every barn I could find. It’s amazing that almost all of those old buildings have been renovated and look close to new.


  3. Great shots, especially the snowy ones! It’s interesting that the dilapidated barns are the most photogenic albeit least useful!


    • Thank you. It would seem the owners thought they were useful enough to fully renovate them. All of them, except one which I think really did collapse, though it was a shed rather than a barn, have been renovated — beautifully renovated at that. Apparently it’s still cheaper to renovate an existing old barn than to build a new one.

      Old things photograph better than new things, except maybe for people, although that’s a matter of opinion 😀


  4. Hi Marilyn,these barns are made of planks of wood, from the look of them. I suppose that makes them more susceptible to weather if the wood isn’t treated. The barns I’ve seen locally are built of brick and they are quite resilient even when abandoned.


    • They were all renovated. Brick is not really popular for big buildings in this region. Other parts of the country often use metal pre-fab structures, but here, it is almost always wood. They do treat the wood, too. I think the wood is considered more friendly to the animals that live in it and blends with all the other structures. I can see where a brick building would hold up better to bad weather, but I don’t think I’ve ever seen a brick barn in New England. Maybe it’s an economic issue? We have a lot more wood than other areas.

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