Friday, July 3, 2015

It's amazing what you will discover just talking about your passion.

The other day at work I got talking to another guy about old log buildings and he asked, "Hey, have you seen that one on such and such road?" I said, "No I have not."
He told me about it and told me how to find it, so that is what I did last night.
I have driven by the site many times over the years, but never knew it was there.
The logs no longer stand in their original configuration.
Originally a two story, it probably resembles the original very little.
Lots of changes have been made to help preserve as many logs as possible.
But, that does not mean it is not a great find.
Not the logs to the left front of the cabin that suggest an interior wall.
 Inside the upstairs floor boards are stained by many years of smoke and have a wonderful patina (that's the last fancy word I will use today).
 You can also see that at one time the logs had been covered with diagonal laths and plaster.

The opening in the wall hides another room and stairs leading up to what would have been at one time an upstairs.
 The roof is still in good shape so the upper logs look good.

 Most of the damaged logs are down lower or under windows.

The chinking is not original and was not well done.
 This is the backside and you can see the logs that divide the interior room.

Although there are probably to many bad logs to preserve the cabin the way it sits, I believe there are enough good ones to rebuild a nice little cabin near the site.
Another view of the back and one side

A few months ago the boys from 'Barnwood Builders' had stopped by to discuss the best way to preserve it.

I am glad the owner, who is part of the original farm family still wants to keep it.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

I have been longing. . .

. .  to visit this barn for years.

And surprisingly I found today that I work with the lady who owns it.

So a visit has been set up.

Stay tuned.

I also found out that at one time there were a couple of other log barns on the property.
This next image is of a log barn in front of the above barn. Sold at an estate auction years ago.
I hope they rebuilt it.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Old log school house lost to Lake of the Ozarks. . .


Slave Cabin St Charles County Mo.

It is in better shape than most slave cabins. The logs have been hewn and eventually it had been sided. How much of that took place while slaves lived in it we will never know.
It also has glassed windows and a second story.

Some old images of log buildings in Warren County Mo.

 The Frederick Muench Farm, Dutzow Mo.

Note the laths near the door, there to hold the plaster. First time I have seen them put on in vertical pattern.
They are handmade laths or riven, split from a log.
Note also how they are 'woven' between the horizontal braces.
The weaving would mean no nails were needed.
 The same farm. You can see the door near the center of the photo.

They attached taller building could well have been log also.
 This is labeled 'Out building on the Frederick Muench Farm'.

Small log barn. The log holding up the outer edges of the roof are called 'cantilevered'.

Another view of the previous post. . .

Historically it is called 'Green House', but since it no longer stands, I can't ask why.