NOTE: On July 19, 2018, one of Iowa's celebrated historic barns was swooped 15 feet into the air by a tornado and slammed to the ground leaving only scattered pieces of the stunning National Register treasure on the ground.
This bank-style barn is historically significant because it provides a fine, local, example of a large barn whose vast mow area was made possible by a Louden hay fork track.
In the 1920's the ground floor was expanded and remodeled. Among other Louden products, a Louden litter carrier (still intact) was added, making it quick and easy to dispose of manure.
The house (c. 1875) is Italianate with many architectural embellishments, including strong quion work, exumberant brackets under wide eaves, a stone water table, and a two-story bay window.
Click here for the National Register of Historic Places Registration Form and photos for this building, which you can download.