Architecture On The Go

One of the reasons that buildings look different is that they serve different functions.  A house does not look like a church, and a church does not look like a shopping mall because they have different purposes.  We can usually tell what a building is simply by looking at it because we pick up visual clues.  We can "read" a building like a book.  There are many buildings which are associated with transportation including blacksmiths, wagon shops, gas stations, garages, and train depots.  In the following exercise, students will learn to "read" buildings that have something to do with transportation.



Questions for Students:


Have students draw their own wagon shop, automobile repair shop, train station, or any other building associated with transportation.  What special features would it have?



Courtesy of the Warren County Historical Society