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National and State Registers of Historic Places

Symns, J.A., Barn

Picture of property 9 miles southwest of Troy
Troy (Doniphan County)
Listed in National Register 1987-05-07

Architect: unknown
Category: animal facility
Thematic Nomination: Byre and Bluff Barns of Doniphan County

The J.A. Symns Barn was built in 1880 near Bendena. The three-bay barn has a central entrance, horizontal lap siding, a full byre, limestone foundation, and asphalt shingled gable roof. This barn was originally constructed as a cattle barn. It was 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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