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National and State Registers of Historic Places

Kienhoff, Fred W., Barn

Picture of property 5 miles SW of Wathena
Wathena (Doniphan County)
Listed in National Register 1987-05-07

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

Built in 1889, the Fred W. Kienhoff barn is located near Wathena. The barn is a one-story, three-bay, center entrance building that is vertically planked and has a partial byre with a limestone foundation. While the barn was originally used for draft animals, it is now used for hay storage. This barn 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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