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CTH Z, 0.4 mi. E of STH 146

National or State Register of Historic Places
CTH Z, 0.4 mi. E of STH 146 | National or State Registers Record | Wisconsin Historical Society
Historic Name:Nashold 20-sided Barn
Reference Number:88000091
Location (Address):CTH Z, 0.4 mi. E of STH 146
Township:Fountain Prairie
Nashold Twenty-Sided Barn
CTH Z, east of STH 146
Town of Fall River, Columbia County
Builder: Unknown
Construction Date: 1911

The Nashold Twenty-Sided Barn offers a unique glimpse into Wisconsin┬┐s agricultural past. Built in 1911, near the end of a short-lived period of circular barn construction, the Nashold Barn is one of a few well-maintained survivors. Promoted by agricultural researchers at nearby UW-Madison and elsewhere, circular barns were a scientific response to the growing needs of dairying. Builders intended their round shape to reduce construction materials and costs. Circular construction created a more efficient interior layout, since facing cows towards the center silo allowed for easy feeding and waste removal.

Constructed with a fieldstone basement and wood-frame hayloft, the Nashold barn radiates around a forty-foot center silo. Small, multi-paned wooden windows illuminate the ground floor cow stalls. On the exterior of the barn, the ramp leading to the hayloft is an earthen embankment under which sits a milk house. This construction strategy allowed for efficient insulation of milk in both the winter and summer and is an adaptation little seen in other barns.

The barn is located on private property. Please respect the privacy of the owners.

Period of Significance:1911
Area of Significance:Agriculture
Area of Significance:Architecture
Applicable Criteria:Event
Applicable Criteria:Architecture/Engineering
Historic Use:Agriculture/Subsistence: Animal Facility
Architectural Style:Other
Resource Type:Building
Historic Status:Listed in the National Register
Historic Status:Listed in the State Register
National Register Listing Date:2/11/1988 12:00:00 AM
State Register Listing Date:1/1/1989 12:00:00 AM
Number of Contributing Buildings:1
Number of Contributing Sites:0
Number of Contributing Structures:0
Number of Contributing Objects:0
Number of Non-Contributing Sites:0
Number of Non-Contributing Structures:0
Number of Non-Contributing Objects:0
National Register and State Register of Historic Places, Division of Historic Preservation, Wisconsin Historical Society, Madison, Wisconsin

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