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By James D. Birchfield

"Clay Lancaster was once contaminated via a love of structure at an early age, a gradual insanity from which he by no means cared to recover."―From the Foreword, by way of Roger W. Moss

It is simple to take with no consideration the visible setting that we inhabit. Familiarity with routes of go back and forth and workplaces or relaxation results in indifference, and we miss out on incremental adjustments. while a dilapidated construction is eradicated via new improvement, it's forgotten once its alternative turns into part of our day-by-day panorama. whilst an addition is grafted onto the shell of a home fallen out of favor or functionality, onlookers could discover at the start, however the reminiscence of its unique shape is ultimately misplaced. additionally forgotten is the use a construction as soon as served. From ancient houses to farm animals barns, every one constitution holds a spot locally and will let us know as a lot approximately its voters as their images and memoirs. Such is the important but intangible function that structure performs in our collective memory.

Clay Lancaster (1917-2000) started through the nice melancholy to record and to inspire the protection of America's architectural patrimony. He was once a pioneer of yankee historical maintenance sooner than the circulate had a reputation. even though he confirmed himself as a professional on Brooklyn brownstones and California bungalows, the nationally recognized architectural historian additionally spent 4 a long time photographing structure in his local Kentucky. Lancaster didn't think about himself a photographer. His apparatus consisted of not anything extra advanced than a hand-held digital camera, and his photographs have been purely intended for his personal own use in documenting memorable and endangered constructions. He had the attention of an artist, in spite of the fact that, and famous the significance of vernacular architecture.

The greater than one hundred fifty duotone images in Clay Lancaster's Kentucky defend the wonderful thing about standard structures in addition to old mansions and monuments. With insightful observation by means of James D. Birchfield concerning the pictures and approximately Lancaster's paintings in Kentucky, the ebook records the numerous constructions and architectural treasures―both present and lengthy gone―whose photographs and tales stay a necessary a part of the state's heritage.

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