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Grimes Octagonal Barn

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c. 1880. Proceed to southeast section of West Union, take paved road to Echo Valley County Park (east); travel past park entrance on gravel road approximately .75 mile

Built by a local carpenter, Joe Buller from West Union, this barn's cone-shaped roof is of the self-supporting type. An unusual feature is the tall gabled hay dormer which projects away from the roof. The structure is wood framed, sheathed in horizontal shiplap siding.

Writing Credits

David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim


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David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim, "Grimes Octagonal Barn", [West Union, 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, 453-453.

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