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National and State Registers of Historic Places

Silvers, John, Barn

Picture of property 4.5 miles north 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

The John Silvers Barn was built in 1905 near Wathena. The barn is has three bays, a gable-end entrance, board-and-batten siding with a full byre and limestone foundation. The building maintains its original function as a dairy barn. 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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