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This past weekend, my husband, daughter and I drove out to Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill - a place I simply love.  The timeless and simple architecture, situated on the rolling hills of Kentucky countryside, can only be experienced first hand.  
“Shaker style was defined from the beginning by their unswerving focus upon the goal of creating heaven on earth.   Functionality was everything.   Building designs could be both functional and beautiful, but the beauty had to be inherent in the design itself ....”  (Catherine L. Carter and Martha E. Geores, University of Maryland)  For more information on the Shakers visit:  http://gorabs.org/journal/issu/2006/GOR01_01_carter.pdf
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This visit, I found myself especially taken with architect Micajah Burnett's use of natural light.   He was seventeen years old, in 1809, when his parents brought him to live with the Shakers.   At the age of  twenty-three, he began to design the village here in Kentucky.  

The Shakers of Pleasant Hill truly lived in a world with a view.  There is no end to those views.  Here are just a few.
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Built 1824-1834 (Third floor of Center Family Dwelling)
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1824 (First floor in Center Family Dwelling)
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1824. Second Floor Center Family Dwelling
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Spiral Staircase, Trustees Office, 1839
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Spiral Staircase, Trustees Office, 1839
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One of the two spiral staircases in the Trustees Office, 1839
Written (and photographed ) by Courtney Snyder.
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