very old barn, in such good condition, the rest of the farm falls into ruin and down. the good roof protects this structure. paint bakes and peels in this climate, burns a dark brown and then black broiling sunshine, so hot it burns away restful, cooling shade; we know little relief or shelter. we know a kind of history about this place, a barn on a farm, supporting the hospital and many patients: such a useful thing. no longer useful, the wards were closed until needed again, for a new epidemic. the useful barn lived on, still useful. years later, the barn still stands, still useful, it has value.