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Photographic study of Northern California's vanishing rural architecture

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Beauty Queens - Sonoma County's prettiest barns

Runners-Up - Second prettiest (most congenial)

O'er the Hill Gang - Barns on their last legs

Heritage Collection - Barn series Heritage Set

Posters - Barn series Poster Set

Photo-Art - Photo-art renditions

Note Cards - Barn series Note Cards

Calendars - Barns of Sonoma Calendars

In galleries, click image icons for larger size image

Handout - Handout

Video - Video

* Collection includes some images from Northern Marin and Napa Counties


Artistic Images of Sonoma, Vanishing Rural Heritage

Art Book - Artistic images of Sonoma



Barns of Sonoma Photo Book

Photo Book - Barns of Sonoma Photo Book


  Barns of Sonoma 2013 Planner
    Sonoma Weekly Planner - Great gift

Cotati Barn Passive Demolition

Passive Demolition of Historic Structure, Cotati California


Dear Mother Nature, You suck

Fountaingrove Round Barn

The famous, important landmark that all of Sonoma County's builders and elected officials couldn't manage to rebuild

Santa Rosa Round Barn Before  

Santa Rosa Round Barn, After Fire

October 10, 2017

Similar historic structures are being restored in other states:

BOS Facebook post Round Barn

Vernacular Architecture, From Free Dictionary

Common domestic architecture of a region, usually far simpler than what the technology of the time is capable of maintaining. In highly industrialized countries such as the U.S., for example, barns are still being built according to a design employed in Europe in the 1st millennium BC. Vernacular structures are characterized by inexpensive materials and straightforwardly utilitarian design.

Passive Demolition, From JG Bracco

When owners of historic structures let them degrade and decay due to negative incentivization from tax authorities.

Sonoma Preservation

About the Barn Series

The vestiges of Sonoma's agricultural legacy - the barns, sheds, shacks and other vernacular agricultural outbuildings - remain well distributed throughout the area. Sadly, many of these buildings are in a state of advanced deterioration and decay. Many are, literally, melting into the ground. These structures are private property but they are also a part of the unique regional character enjoyed by all. Sorely needed are public policies to create incentives for owners to restore and re-purpose these historical structures. Currently many owners are inclined to allow them to disappear as the images below attest.

While the Eastern USA has a number of organized preservation efforts and significantly more structures, western historic barns are at risk due to suburban sprawl. Developers of new subdivisions burn or plow over many of these old and historic barns each year.

In a region that prides itself on preservation of natural resources, there is currently not a single group of any kind - preservation, historical, agricultural, open space... that is engaged in preservation of these man-made structures in Northern California.

Over The Hill Gang - Barns in advanced decay
In a few short years these will no longer be visible
Melting Barn, Penngrove Vanishing Barn, Petaluma old barn penngrove disapearing barn petaluma

In Southern California only a few historic barns remain today.
When our rural heritage is gone, what will distinguish Petaluma from Van Nuys?

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Links & Resources:

Petaluma Resources

Petalumans for Responsible Planning (Save the Red Barn!) -

Sonoma County Resources

Sonoma Agricultural Preservation and Open Space District -

Sonoma County Preservation and Open District Advisory Committee -
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Sonoma County Permit and Resource Management Dept. (Grants) -
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Sonoma County Landmarks Commission -

Katherine Rinehart Blog, Sonoma County Library History and Genealogy -

Greenbelt Alliance -

Santa Rosa Preservation Advocacy Support Taskforce -

Sonoma County Historical Society -

O.W.L. Foundation, Open Space, Water Resource Protection and Land Use -


Napa County Resources

Napa County Landmarks -

. . . . **Excellent Preservation Resource Page -


Marin County Resources

Marin Agricultural Land Trust - https://www.


California State Resources

California - Nevada Barn Alliance -

California Historical Society -

California Preservation Foundation -

California Office of Historic Preservation webinars -

Incentives for Historic Preservation in California
(California Office of Historic Preservation Technical Assistance Series #15) -

Other States Resources
(why doesn't California have these???)

California is the laggard in preservation of rural 'vernacular' architecture

Washington State's Barn Preservation Bill & Resources -

Colorado - Westminster Barn re-Purposing -

Iowa - Silos and Smokestacks National Heritage Area -

Connecticut Historic Barn Initiative-

NY, Vermont Barn Preservation Guidelines (including Dept Interior resources) -

Pennsylvania Historic Barn Foundation -

Vermont - Taking Care of Your Old Barn -

Federal Resources

Links to Federal Resources are always changing for some reason, if these links fail you can do your own search.

The Historic Preservation Learning Portal -

National Park Service Preservation Resources -

. . . . The Preservation of Historic Barns, Brief -

National Heritage Areas -

National Heritage Areas -

National Heritage Areas Alliance -

National Trust for Historic Preservation -

See Also:

National Register of Historic Places -

Tax Incentives for Barn Preservation -

More information on Federal, State and Income tax Incentives for Barn Preservation on Agriculture Online article -

Saving America's Countryside:
A Guide to Rural Conservation (National Trust for Historic Preservation, Paperback) - Amazon

Barn Restoration Resources and Incentives -

Other Resources

C & J Property Services, Jim Gemperline Construction - Barn Restoration - Your Barn can Be preserved -

Barn Again, National Program to Preserve Historic Farm Buildings -

Historic-Barns-Sustainable-Farms (PDF) - docs/handout-barns-web.pdf

The Barn Journal -

American Farmland Trust -

National Barn Alliance -

National Barn Alliance BLOG-

Barn Books -

National Barn Alliance Barn Repair and Rehabilitation Toolbox -

Protecting Older and Historic Barns through Barn Preservation -
Programs by Jennifer Goodman, Bill Kimball, and Byrd Wood (Paperback - Sep 1, 2004) - Amazon

Barn Again! A Guide to the Rehabilitation of Older Farm Buildings (Paperback) - Amazon

Protecting Older and Historic Barns through Barn Preservation Programs - Amazon

Using Old Farm Buildings - Amazon

New Life for White Elephants: Adapting Historic Buildings for New Uses - Amazon

A Guide to Finding The History of Your Home - Yellow Key Realty

How to maintain, preerve or repair older barns - old house web


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