The groups of photographs on the right are the beginning of a typology of front yards. Things you might find in the front of houses – the facades themselves, the materials to be found there, the objects to be found there. More no doubt to be added. Surfaces of fronts. The materiality of the front. Is there a materiality of the house front yard? These pictures are not the answer to that question, but the beginning of one. Bootscrapers. Front yard ‘furniture’ from the days of horse manure. A virtually extinct need.
Front doors. A typology of entrances. Front yards are where the enclosure of home begins and the public world fades into the memory. The threshold. Fronts of homes. A variety of home types with yards in front. Typologies of house & yard.
Fences, railings, walls & hedges. A variety of boundary markers or edges. Caste iron railings, wrought iron screens, picket fencing. Of course this is only a beginning – we need to add brick walls, stone walls and more hedges & fences. Dan & Ollie