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Nine-sided Barn

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c. 1910. Proceed south of Shannon City on US 169 for 8 miles; turn west on route J25, travel 2.1 miles; the barn is on south side of the road

The plan of this unusual barn is similar to one published in Wallace's Farmer in the January 16, 1903, issue. This design was republished in 1907 and 1910 in the same magazine. The high attached sheds on either side of the barn obscure its nine-sided design, and its center interior configuration of six sides is not immediately apparent. The barn is sheathed in a combination of board-and-batten and vertical siding.

Writing Credits

David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim


What's Nearby


David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim, "Nine-sided Barn", [Mount Ayr, 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, 323-323.

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