Transformation of the symbolic dimensions of architectural forms found on the Iowa corn belt farmstead
Fenton, Gregory Eugene
Master of Architecture
The thesis formulates a transformation of the symbolic dimension of architectural forms found on the Iowa farmstead. The persistence of these forms, even in the event of their apparent recent absence of their necessity, can form the foundation of future representational and rhetorical meanings. If any stability or foundation can be found in this problem, it comes from these fragments of an older language and tradition. Through an understanding of these architectural forms and symbolic attachment once adhered to, an architecture derived with reference to historical and mythological authority, and function as an constitutive element, exists. To obtain the goal of rediscovering the truths and developing a new conscience of the symbolism and language of the Iowa Corn Belt farmer, the land and agriculture, the following methods will be employed: (1) Tracing the origins of the traditional symbols and architectural forms. (2) Studying regionalist painter Grant Wood and selected paintings depicting his story of rural society, its values and symbols, both physical and spiritual, during the 1920 and 1930's. (3) Examination of a personal photographic case study which reveals contemporary facts and visions currently in place in Iowa.
Architecture; Cultural anthropology