Barns: Additional resources

By The Old House Web


(1) Nore V. Winter, "Design on the Farm: A Rural Preservation Forum,"Unpublished proceedings from a Conference sponsored by the National Trustfor Historic Preservation, Denver, Colorado, January 13-14, 1986.

(2) Descriptions of the primary barn types featured in this sectionare heavily indebted to Eric Arthur and Dudley Witney, The Barn: A VanishingLandmark in North America. Greenwich, CT: New York Graphic Society, Ltd.,1972.

(3) John Fitchen, The New World Dutch Barn: A Study of Its Characteristics,Its Structural System, and Its Probable Erectional Procedures. Syracuse,NY: Syracuse University Press, 1968, p 136.

(4) Washington's "round" barn, actually a 16-sided barn, isshown in Lowell J. Soike, Without Right Angles: The Round Barns of Iowa.Des Moines: Iowa State Historical Department, 1983. Round, octagonal andother polygonal barns are normally all classed as "round barns."When it is necessary to be more precise, the term "true round"is used to distinguish round barns from hexagonal, octagonal, or otherpolygonal barns. The Shaker Round Barn is a true round barn. Gutted byfire in 1864, the barn was rebuilt shortly thereafter. See Polly Matherlyand John D. McDermott, Hancock Shaker Village National Historic Landmarkstudy, History Division, National Park Service, Washington, D.C.

(5) In addition to the sources mentioned above, the following studieswere important sources for this section: Mark L. Peckham, "CentralPlan Dairy Barns of New York Thematic Resources," Albany: New YorkState Division for Historic Preservation, 1984; and James E. Jacobsen andCheryl Peterson, "Iowa Round Barns: The Sixty Year Experiment ThematicResources," Des Moines: Iowa State Historical Department, 1986. Thesethematic studies document barns listed in the National Register of HistoricPlaces.

(6) Charles Klamkin, Barns: Their History, Preservation, and Restoration.New York: Hawthorn, 1973, p 57.

Selected Reading

Arthur, Eric and Dudley Witney. The Barn: A Vanishing Landmark in NorthAmerica. Greenwich, CT: New York Graphic Society Ltd., 1972.

Fitchen, John. The New World Dutch Barn: A Study of Its Characteristics,Its Structural System, and Its Probable Erectional Procedures. Syracuse,NY: Syracuse University Press, 1968.

Halsted, Byron D., ed. Barns, Sheds and Outbuildings. New York: O. JuddCo., 1881. Rpt.: Brattleboro, VT: Stephen Greene Press, 1977.

Humstone, Mary. Barn Again! A Guide to Rehabilitation of Older FarmBuildings. Des Moines, IA: Meredith Corporation and the National Trustfor Historic Preservation, 1988.

Klamkin, Charles. Barns: Their History, Preservation and Restoration.New York: Hawthorn, 1973.

Schuler, Stanley. American Barns: In a Class by Themselves. Exton, PA:Schiffer Publishing Ltd., 1984.

Schultz, LeRoy G., comp. Barns, Stables and Outbuildings: A World Bibliographyin English, 17001983. Jefferson, NC, and London: McFarland & Co., 1986.

Stokes, Samuel N., et al. Saving America's Countryside: A Guide to RuralConservation. Baltimore and London: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1989.

Cover photograph: Prairie barn with monitor roof, North Dakota. Photo:Mary Humstone.


The author gratefully acknowledges the invaluable assistance of MaryHumstone, National Trust for Historic Preservation, Mountains/Plains RegionalOffice, and Sharon C. Park, Kay D. Weeks, and Robert Powers of the NationalPark Service. Significant contributions were also made by Stan Graves,Texas Historical Commission, on behalf of the National Conference of StateHistoric Preservation Officers; Shirley Dunn, Dutch Barn Preservation Society,Rensselaer, NY; Janis King, Knoxville, IL; Marilyn Fedelchak, NationalTrust for Historic Preservation; Fred Swader, U.S. Department of Agriculture,and Linda McClelland, National Register of Historic Places. In addition,useful comments and technical assistance were provided by the staff ofthe Technical Preservation Services Branch, directed by H. Ward Jandl,by the cultural resources staff of National Park Service Regional Offices,by Jack Boucher, Catherine Lavoie and Ellen Minnich of the Historic AmericanBuildings Survey, and by Alicia Weber of the Park Historic ArchitectureDivision.

Washington, D.C. October 1989


This publication has been prepared pursuant to the NationalHistoric Preservation Act of 1966, as amended, which directs the Secretaryof the Interior to develop and make available information concerning historicproperties. Technical Preservation Services(TPS), Heritage PreservationServices Division, National Park Service prepares standards, guidelines,and other educational materials on responsible historic preservation treatmentsto a broad public.


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