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National and State Registers of Historic Places

Williams, M.D.L., Barn

Picture of property 5.5 miles southwest of Bendena
Bendena (Doniphan County)
Listed in National Register 1987-05-07

Architect: unknown
Category: agricultural outbuilding
Thematic Nomination: Byre and Bluff Barns of Doniphan County

The M.D.L. Williams Barn was built in 1901 near Bendena. The wood-frame building features three bays, a central entrance, horizontal lap siding, a partial byre, limestone foundation and gambrel roof. The barn was originally constructed for mixed uses. It was nominated as one of the 18 Byre and Bluff barns of Doniphan County. A common feature of these barns is that at least one side of each barn's foundation is embedded in an earthen bank or bluff. These barns are an example of vernacular architecture built to take advantage of the hilly topography of the county and are significant for their relative rarity and architecture.



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