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Hofmeister Round Barn and Silo

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c. 1921. Travel south of Atlantic on US6to Lewis, then west .2 miles on route G43; drive south 2 miles on the gravel road; barn is on east side of road
  • Hofmeister Round Barn and Silo (David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim)

One form of farm building that developed after 1910 was the low, round or many-sided barn from the center of which projects a tall silo. A few examples of this type were built in Iowa and are recorded by Soike. 2 The Hofmeister barn has a moderately pitched roof, but the original conical roof of the silo is now missing. The walls of both barn and silo are of reinforced concrete that has been banded with steel rings. As a designed object, the Hofmeister barn is most abstract.


Lowell J. Soike, Without Right Angles: The Round Barns of Iowa, 79.

Writing Credits

David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim


What's Nearby


David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim, "Hofmeister Round Barn and Silo", [Lewis, Iowa], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Buildings of Iowa, David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim. New York: Oxford University Press, 1993, 459-460.

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