In architecture, most of the studies on vernacular environments started as a result of its aesthetic and visual qualities. As else-where, the aesthetic and visual qualities of vernacular environments have impressed and influencedmany arcitects in Turkey. Yet, there has been almost no study on the aes-thetic evaluation of the vernacular environments so far. On the other hand,there has been also no study on the recent changes in such environments andwhat these changes and new form represnt for the users. The reason for thisneglect is partly due to the general assertion which is widely shared by re-searchers and designers that these new forms are inappropriate and have noaesthetic value. However, this has not been proven so far in a detailed anal-ysis by resarchers.The main objective of this paper is to discuss the cahges in house facades inrural parts of the Eastern Black Sea Regon from the aesthertic point of viewand compare the aesthetic value of the traditional vernacular houses withthe recently built modern houses. In this study, the aesthetic value of thetraditional vernacular and modern dwellings is assessed throuugh both thesubjective and objective measurement of facades to see if they give similarresuts or not. Therefore the second aim in this paper is to test if the sublec-tive impressions of the people is related to the objective properties of thefacades.For the subjective measurement of facades, photography was used as an en-vironmetal display media. The photographs for the interview was selectedfrom 12 villages where an earlier study on vernacular and contemporaryhouse and settlement form was carried (Tosun, 1989). From each village,one traditional vernacular and one contemporary house was chosen amongthose which were recorded earlier based on the criterion that they will rep-resent the typical vernacular and modern house form for that villlage. Usingthese 24 photographs, a photointerview based on a structured sorting taskwas carried in two other villages. Subjects were asked to sort the picturesinto three piles one end point high and the other low according to aestheticsand then comment on the environmetal ues that they used for their classifi-cation. 10 subjects who live in traditional vernacular houses and 10 sub-jects who live in modern houses were selected from each village, giving atotal of 40 for the whole sample.For the objective measurement of facades, a method proposed by OztUrk(1978) based on Birkoff's aesthetic analysis of forms, Arnheim's work andinformation theory was used. This method consisted of thre steps: Abstrac-tion, determining the relationship between the elements of abstracted facadeto each other and to the whole, and digitizing and calculation. The objectivemeasurement of facades was made by the two researchers and 3 vernacularand 3 modern houses were selected based on the analysis of the subjectivemeasurement of the facades, that is one vernacular and one modern housewas chosen from each pile of photograps which were formed by the subjectsduring the structured sorting task according to high/middle/low aestheticvalue.