Design: On The Farm: Barn Again!

A program preserves a uniquely American vernacular style

Historians have long considered the 1908 livestock feeding barn of the Manchester family in New Hampshire, Ohio, to be one of the finest examples of a round barn in the Midwest. That was nice, but until recently, the barn was nearly useless for modern grain farming. Like most old barns, it contained stalls for livestock and horses -- the preindustrial tractors of agriculture -- and a cavernous hayloft for storing their fuel. Over time, the outmoded barn weathered and withered. But during the past 15 years, to avoid new construction costs, the Manchesters have braced the old roof, installed modern seed-conditioning...

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