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Horse Barn

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1899, J. T. W. Jennings. 520 Elm Dr.
  • (Photograph by Andrew Hope)

The Horse Barn likely began as a multipurpose barn in 1868. Three decades later, the university’s architect refashioned it into a medieval-looking building. The east gable end, lit with multipaned windows, has ornamental half-timbering and a gabled entrance porch supported on Ionic columns. Probably because of the building’s earlier function as a multipurpose barn, it differs from most horse barns, which are usually long, narrow one-story structures. This building stabled horses on the second floor in an area ventilated by small hopper windows, which open inward on hinges. The hayloft door, sheltered by a gabled hood, is on the west elevation.

Writing Credits

Marsha Weisiger et al.


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Marsha Weisiger et al., "Horse Barn", [Madison, Wisconsin], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

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Buildings of Wisconsin

Buildings of Wisconsin, Marsha Weisiger and contributors. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2017, 452-452.

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