IOWA BARN FOUNDATION 2012 Spring Tour
Spring Tour, Iowa City Area Tour - June 2012
Unique and historic barns in the Iowa City area were viewed on the Iowa Barn Foundation's self-guided spring tour June 23 and 24, 2012, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Among the barns on tour were an octagon barn, Pennsylvania style barn, monitor style barn, and a barn with three gable ends. Barns with various roofs were included: Dutch gambrel, New England gambrel, gable on hip, pent, and modified hip Amish and Amana barns were included.
The purpose of the tour was to encourage the preservation of barns, symbols of hard work, honesty, and the American Dream. Wilford Yoder, Iowa City photographer and barn expert, organized the tour for the Iowa Barn Foundation. He is the group's representative for Johnson and Iowa Counties.
On Saturday, June 23, Hills Bank, 131 Main Street, Hills, was open from 8 to 9 a.m. where photographs of Johnson County barns by Yoder could be viewed in the bank's conference room. Yoder was available to answer questions about the area's barns. About 150 people attended.
Roberts Barn. Over 300 visitors viewed this barn.
Roberts Barn -- The octagon barn was built in 1883 on a foundation of locally quarried stone 14 to 16 inches thick. The barn is two stories high and each one of the eight sides is 26' long. The barn is 61 feet in diameter. Built in 1883.
The Roberts Barn is still a working barn for a 440-acre farm. The land has been in the Roberts family since the Civil War when John E. Roberts settled in the area. The barn is on the National Registry of Historical Places.
Ostrem Barn. Over 300 visitors.
Ostrem Barn. Barn was built 1940 with native oak lumber from the barn site. Beams are pegged mortise and tenons. The barn has a Dutch style Gambrel roof with southern exposure over hanging roof line for weather protection to animals and to the doors into the lower level. The extended gable peak is for mounting the hayfork track and getting hay thru the hay door into the haymow. The barn is used for horses.
The barn below is being dis-assembled, and will be re-assembled a mile away.
Dis-assembly has begun on the old barn..
Altmaier Barn. Over 275 visitors viewed this barn.
Altmaier Barn. Pennsylvania-style barn was built in 1885.
The lower level with animal stalls has a protecting overhang and doors facing the South.
Interior lower level. Stone for the foundation was quarried locally as well as the lumber coming from the barn site.
A typical bank barn with entrance ramp gives access to the second floor on the North side.
Altmaier Barn, interior upper level. Hand hewn beams with mortise and tenon construction and wooden pegs.
Sleichter/Rhodes Barn. About 150 visitors. (No photos available).
Johnson County Home Barn. Johnson County Supervisors procured 160 acres on the edge of Iowa City for a "poor farm" to provide care with economy. This prairie style barn with lean-to stall was part of that purchase.
Gough Barn. Over 200 visitors viewed this barn.
Gough Barn. The lower hip roof section that wraps around the center haymow was for the cattle.
Gough Barn. This barn has a unique center haymow which goes from ground level to the peak of the roof. It held some 10,000 bales of hay, by just stacking it up.
Gough Barn. Note that the wooden posts supporting the roof are all one piece of timber, and that probably kept the barn from just falling down during the storm. Temporary farm workers slept in the loft (left).
Winborn Barn. About 150 visitors. (No photos available).
Miller Barn. Over 275 visitors viewed this barn.
Miller Barn. This Gothic arch-style barn is a working dairy barn, built in 1948 by the present owner's grandfather. It is constructed of hollow clay tile on a concrete foundation and is 36 feet by 70 feet.
Miller Barn The small room to the right is the milk room. The gable side of the barn has a hay door with hay track and carrier for loading hay into the haymow -- note that it slides open, rather than folding down, as most do.
Miller Barn. Here is the 14-foot lean-to on the east side of the barn.
Miller Barn. The barn also features a cement haymow floor (held up by 2 large steel I-beams) which protects the cows on the ground floor in case of a fire. Photo taken during the June 2012 Tour.
Miller Barn. The barn has a computerized milking system in the parlor which was still used until 2011, but right now no cows use it.
Brenneman Barn. About 150 visitors. (No photos available).
McNutt Barn. Over 200 visitors viewed this barn. Photo by Wilford Yoder.
Pooley Barn. About 150 visitors viewed this barn. (No photos available).
Amana Barns. Visitor information not available. (No photos available).
Horse Barn, West Amana
Sheep Barn, South Amana
Horse Barn, Main Amana
Cow Barn, High Amana