Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Suburban Barn ( Update; It is an Old Red Shed...or not)

Close to home on our Urban Treks, we pass this old red "barn" regularly. This structure is located in the heart of suburbia, and may be classified as a shed rather than a barn. But as you can see, this structure is red, it is quite old looking, and it represents that classic barn style construction.

The question remains, is this a barn? A barn houses animals, I'm sure there are mice living inside, perhaps a squirrel or two. There is a St. Bernard that lives on the premisis. Yet many barns of today are used merely for storage, not homes for livestock. Oh the delima.

To be, or not to be,
A barn is the question.

I leave the decision to our Esteemed Panel of Judge, MK to decide whether this can be classified as an Old Red barn, or, merely an old red shed. We shall wait patiently for MK's verdict.

The verdict is in. Judge MK declaired that the photo in question, (above) is indeed an Old Red Shed. This is not an example of an Old Red Barn. The ruling was based upon the tree-height principle; whereas any structure that is old, colored red, and is higher than the surrounding trees is indeed an Old Red Barn.

Thank you for your partience and ruling. We here, at this Blog, work hard to maintain a compliance with correct terminology, adhereing to steadfast rulings from our ever helpful panel of Judge. (though our spelling may be suspect).

Whoa! Evidence has been submitted concerning the nature of this structure in question. We shall now reopen tis case for our Panel of Judge for further reviewal.


  1. Webster defines an old red barn as
    "an outbuilding for storing grain and housing cattle."
    Mk defines an old red barn as "having to be taller than the surrounding trees."
    Therfore it is indeed merely an old red shed.

  2. New information has been found on the web which should be reviewed by the judge...

    According to Britanica Concise, the definition of "Barn" is as follows:

    "Farm building used for sheltering animals, their feed and other supplies, farm machinery, and farm products. Barns are named according to their purpose (e.g., hog barns, dairy barns, tobacco barns, and tractor barns). The principal type in the U.S. is the general-purpose barn, used for housing livestock and for storing hay and grain. Most North American and European farms have one or more barns. They usually consist of two stories, though one-story barns gained in popularity in the late 20th century."

    I have seen structures similar to the one in the photo labeled "Yard Barns", which appears to be consistent with the idea that barns are named according to their purpose. The suburban "Yard Barn" in the photo most likely houses an impressive array of lawn and landscape tools - maybe even a John Deere lawn tractor.

    Since the Designer/Builder of this structure has obviously worked very hard to mimic the classic American barn architectural style, I say we call it a barn.

    Thank you for your careful consideration.


  3. Thank you for your decision and submittals.

    But I now fear this case is not closed. New evidence has been submitted by our esteemed Panel of Investigator, "The Americana/BritanicaPapers".

    Evidence that our Esteemed Panel of Judge must evaluate in her Judge's Chamber.

    Again, we patiently wait for Judge MK's ruling on this new submittal of evidence.

  4. After much soul searching I have determined that while I appreciate the effort for the owner of this structure to replicate a barn. It is still just a shed. Sorry.

  5. The Judge has spoken; THe Shed has faced Barn elimination.