but is it really a barn?

the barn ucd
It’s been (and continues to be) a very busy week. I’ve not even had lunchtimes. So there has been very little sketching, but today, on my late lunch, I just had to get out into the sunny weather (after the massive rainstorm of yesterday) and draw a familiar looking building which in fact I have never drawn before. It’s called The Barn, for some reason, on the UC Davis campus (actually I have drawn that cactus in front of it, fairly recently). This was in the Stillman & Birn gamma book using uniball vision micro and watercolour. Going a week without drawing… that’s tough, man. Nearly forgot which end of the pen to draw with, man.

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2 thoughts on “but is it really a barn?

  1. Carol Maxwell says:

    It really was a barn. I took an Animal Judging class there. It was all open with sawdust floors if I remember right. There was a loft of some sort around the edge where we had to scramble up a wall to sit. Pigs were the easiest (and scariest) to judge, horses the hardest.

  2. Michael Head says:

    Yes it was really a beef barn and part of the model farm from the 1915 Panama Pacific Expo in San Francisco. It was taken apart and shipped to Davis after the expo closed. Davis was Berkeley’s farm school at the time. On DEC 4, 1966 Architects and Engineers (A&E) held an open house to move into the remodeled “Beef Barn”. The center offices in the barn were the actual cattle stalls, by 2004 only one of the stall doors remained but the location of the hardware for the doors was still very evident.

    On MAR 18, 2004 A&E held a “Wake” for the closing of the Barn when they moved out to a new office. The Barn underwent a seismic retrofit and now house The John Muir Institute. The center offices in the barn were the actual cattle stalls, by 2004 only one of the stall doors remained but the location of the hardware for the doors was still very evident.

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