Six Gambrel Roof Barns in Oregon


These are barns I photographed in the Willamette Valley in Oregon in September, 2014. The gambrel is a distinctive and common barn roof shape in this part of the world, as is the curved roof barn (See posted last month.)

The word gambrel “Šderives from the hock (bent part) of a horse’s leg, also called a gambrel. The lower part of the roof is a steep slope, the upper part shallower. The break-in roofline allows head room in the loft space, and is useful in barns for hay storageŠ as well as in homes for rooms above plate level.” –From Shelter II, p. 98.

There are also plans for a 24′ × 32′ gambrel-roofed barn on pages 102-103 of Shelter II.






One Response to Six Gambrel Roof Barns in Oregon

  1. Hugh Wolfe says:

    Nice barns… I’m a photographer and live in Canby, south of Portland and always looking for new subject matter. There are no location captions listed on any of the photos and nothing in the metadata, yes I tried to find it that way. Could you provide locations if known?

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