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Plagmann True-Round Barn

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1912. South of Marengo on route V66, 5 miles; turn left (east) on gravel road

The size of this barn, some 100 feet in diameter, makes it one of the largest hollowtile barns in the state. Terracotta hollow tile was looked upon in the years 1900 through the early 1920s as one of the new modern materials of the century. Generally in utilitarian buildings such as this barn, the tile was left unstuccoed both internally and externally. The roof is composed of two different slopes, and at the center is a small metal venting cupola. The structure is built around a central silo 16 feet in diameter. The stalls are at ground level, with a basement below and a hayloft above.

Writing Credits

David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim


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David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim, "Plagmann True-Round Barn", [Marengo, Iowa], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

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