A Round Indiana: Round Barns in the Hoosier State

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06/01/1993
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John T. Hanou
Purdue University Press
General/Trade

Description

Of the 226 round barns that are known to have existed in Indiana, more than 100 have vanished from the landscape, thus depriving the state of beautiful landmarks and testimonials to the ingenuity of turn-of-the-century agriculture and architecture. The author's admiration for the round barn's grace and his concern for its survival is evident on every page as he traces its history from George Washington's 1793 sixteen-sided barn to the development of the "Ideal Circular Barn" and associated patents to the demise of the structures in the second half of the twentieth century. By combing through family letters, agricultural journals of the time, advertisements, and other often-forgotten documents, Hanou offers fascinating glimpses of the individual farmers, builders, and architects who championed the innovative construction techniques. Through imagination and hard work, these men created their own market for round barns; in the year of peak construction, fifteen barns were built.

 

"Round barns are a symbol of pride in the farm and the soil that sustains it. They are monuments to the reverence of the builders and to the profession of the owners. Precious few of these barns remain to remind us that we are not the first, nor the last, to love and respect the land. Those people and things that have gone before us are essential—all of them—to an understanding of the present. Round barns, and all that they stand for, must be remembered and preserved.”
—From the Foreword by Maurice L. Williamson