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Tarrence True-Round Barn

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1911, Gordon-Van Tine Company. Take Iowa 2 west of Bloomfield 10.3 miles; turn left (south) on gravel road, proceed 1.1 miles

According to Soike, this barn is the first known example of the work of the Davenport firm of Gordon-Van Tine. 3 This firm provided the plans and the precut material needed to construct the barn. The Tarrence barn has a diameter of 50 feet and is covered by a conical roof with its central cupola still in place. As with other barns by this firm, the walls are covered by vertical siding.


Lowell J. Soike, Without Right Angles: The Round Barns of Iowa, 78.

Writing Credits

David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim


What's Nearby


David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim, "Tarrence True-Round Barn", [Moulton, 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, 315-315.

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