You know a building is old if it has original Dovecotes, a Scottish name that some Americanized into “Pigeonholes.” In days of yore, doves and/or pigeons were kept in these come-and-go nesting areas atop barns and stables. The birds provided eggs, “meat,” and fertilizer to the estate or farm.


The Dovecotes in the above image are in the WoodenBoat School Boat Shop, which was a substantial stable more than 100 years ago. The Shop also still sports the stable’s original slate tile roof:


(Brooklin, Maine)