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Guess the Architecture! for 3/28/2017

Posted March 28, 2017 2:00 PM

Do you recognize this one?

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03/28/2017 2:29 PM

The Wonderful Barn was built in 1743 on the edge of Castletown House Estate, which borders Leixlip and Celbridge, Ireland.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Wonderful_Barn

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03/28/2017 3:16 PM

You had to have looked up someone's skirts for that answer. (just kidding).

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03/28/2017 3:26 PM

This one was easy unlike that cereal box from last week.

I searched, "Funnel shaped building with exterior staircase", on Yahoo. 6 rows of pictures down, there it is.

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03/28/2017 3:23 PM

Great lookout tower.....

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03/28/2017 3:42 PM

Or was it, "Look out, it's a tower! (disguised as a barn, silly Irish)."

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03/28/2017 5:49 PM

I was surprised that it was a barn, a granary they think. Looks like a good vantage point to shoot stuff to me, but then again I am a conservative, we like vantage points.

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03/28/2017 3:15 PM

Rapunzel tower in Deutschland.

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03/28/2017 8:37 PM

Leprechaun cannon.

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03/28/2017 10:57 PM

Who designed this house ?

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03/29/2017 4:39 AM

Some alien, by the look of it...

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03/31/2017 11:36 AM

Will Robinson. Apparently, he got lost and landed in L.A. Will there be a new series: "Lost in L.A.?"

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03/29/2017 8:45 AM

Okay - so now that JPool has got it, the question remains - why was a barn built like this? Tower for spotting cows off in the field??? No, they follow a similar path everyday and are quite predictable. Tower for spotting wolves???? Tower so pigeons would gather high enough to do some real damage when they let go on the people below them????

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03/31/2017 12:14 PM

My money is on the pigeon tower, those birds are the pigs of the avian world!

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03/31/2017 1:12 PM

Yes - definitely. I live in a remote enough area now, with no farming, so all we have here are the high class pigeons, mourning doves. Have to go back home to see pigeons.

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03/31/2017 2:05 PM

We have white-wing doves and European collared doves here, mostly, seen at our feeders each afternoon, shortly after I arrive home. They know when we are sitting on the bench at the back patio.

I usually feed our dogs kibble, and the birds their grain at the same time, to avoid issues with dogs catching doves for dinner.

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04/03/2017 11:17 AM

JPool got the answer right this week, the building is the Wonderful Barn. As JPool said, the barn was built in 1743 on the edge of the Castletown Estate. According to Atlas Obscura, there is debate over the intended purpose of the barn—which is obviously unique. Some suggest the corkscrew tower could have been used as a dovecote. In the 1700s, doves were considered a delicacy.

Others believe it was used as a granary, because of the “unique holes drilled through each of the floors,” it having built just after several famines ravished Ireland, and it “bears a striking resemblance to an Indian Rice store”

Still more suspect the barn “was constructed as a public works program meant to put destitute farmers who had been hurt by the famine back to work.” This is the case for the Conolly Folly, another interesting structure (see: the third image) that finds its home on the Castletown Estate.

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04/03/2017 11:31 AM

OMG. My guess (joke) about pigeons was very close, and my next post mentioned "high class" pigeons - doves.

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