If Barns Could Talk

If Barns Could Talk

A new book by Doug Mottonen

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Io Landscape Architecture congratulates Doug Mottonen on the release of his highly-anticipated book, If Barns Could Talk.  Io principal Susan Crook has been involved in raising awareness about Utah’s disappearing barns in recent years while on professional sabbatical working for Utah Heritage Foundation and then at Snow College.  She developed a heritage cycling tour held in 2012 and 2013 in central Utah and organized a barn maintenance workshop given in Manti, Utah in April 2013.


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Color photos and compelling stories about Utah’s historic barns make If Barns Could Talk a must-read. Doug Mottonen travelled the state for several years talking to barn owners, recording their stories and photographing their barns.  His new book will take you on a virtual tour of Utah’s most iconic barns from Evan Stevenson’s Cache Valley barn with the Dr. Pierce’s sign, to “Doc” Osguthorpe’s white barn near Park City, to Parowan’s Rambouillet barn that now houses food and entertainment at Hamburger Patty’s instead of sheep, and many other barns in-between.

The 120-page book tells how people save barns and how barns have saved people.  Victoria Drake keeps a lookout for barn pirates who would steal and sell the wood from her old barn.  Michele Dugdale tells the intertwined stories of two families as steward of her great-great-great uncle Jake Phillips’s distinctive all concrete barn near Springville, Utah.  A man as unique as his barn, Phillips sheltered a Japanese-American family in the upper part of his barn during World War II to keep them from going to an internment camp.  Eight-year-old Tom Shimizu, future Salt Lake County commissioner, was among the extended family of thirteen who lived at “Jake’s Place.” image

Watch for announcements on the Io website of book signings with Doug Mottonen to get your autographed copy of If Barns Could Talk.

To purchase a copy of If Barns Could Talk, please email dgdogy@comcast.net for further details.

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