Perfect Little Marin County Farm Building

Shot this photo last night on my way back from radio interview in Santa Rosa. There are farm buildings here and there in the Marin countryside that make me happy. Like this little pump house (on the McIsaac Ranch near Tocoloma), they are perfect in their form/function practicality and grace. A (black and white) photo I shot of this same building over 40 years ago is on page 42 of Shelter (published 1973).

About Lloyd Kahn

Lloyd Kahn started building his own home in the early '60s and went on to publish books showing homeowners how they could build their own homes with their own hands. He got his start in publishing by working as the shelter editor of the Whole Earth Catalog with Stewart Brand in the late '60s. He has since authored six highly-graphic books on homemade building, all of which are interrelated. The books, "The Shelter Library Of Building Books," include Shelter, Shelter II (1978), Home Work (2004), Builders of the Pacific Coast (2008), Tiny Homes (2012), and Tiny Homes on the Move (2014). Lloyd operates from Northern California studio built of recycled lumber, set in the midst of a vegetable garden, and hooked into the world via five Mac computers. You can check out videos (one with over 450,000 views) on Lloyd by doing a search on YouTube:

2 Responses to Perfect Little Marin County Farm Building

  1. Lloyd, thanks for hoofin it over the hill for the interview on KSRO 1350, Reclamation Road Radio on the Drive w/Jaxon . . . it was fun. And as for beautiful patina'd structures such as these, i cherish them as do you, like a saddlebacked barn on the skyline and as Eric Sloane said in his great book An Age of Barns, “the beauty of wood in the state of pleasing decay is one of Natures special masterpieces!” cheers

  2. also all over California are the boxed in water towers. I just loved these…..a few still around…some converted to tiny living quarters…hummmmm you might be able to find a few.

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