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Update on ISU Dairy Barn(s)

Update on ISU Dairy Barns

From James T Emmerson, Feb 6, 2016

I tromped around the old Dairy Barns today. They are a shambles. I took lots of photos (as evidence).

The Iowa Barn Magazine in Fall 2003 noted: “At this time, the buildings will remain and appropriate use/historical preservation discussions will be held.”

If they were ever held, the decision was to let the barns deteriorate – maybe in hopes that they would disintegrate – or become an exercise for the periodic Fire Schools held at Iowa State.

The barns today are a pathetic sight.

So much for Bud Ewing’s observation (IBF Fall 2000) that “the barns represent an important component of the architectural heritage of Iowa State and the Midwest. And, finally, some love them simply because they represent an architectural style that reflects a unique combination of beauty, simplicity, magnificence developed by the mind and hand of simple folk.”

At the Animal Science web site, it is written that “the building is currently used for storage and shelter".

I don’t know the exact date this was written, but the AnSci copyright is 1995-2015.

In any case, the building is NOT used for storage and shelter. It is almost totally dilapidated.

The Dairy Farm Pavilion doesn’t look great either – though the main door was locked and windows are too high to see in. This is the oval (octagon?) shaped building there an ISU student Jon Lacina was found dead in 2010. Verdict was suicide or accidental self-inflicted death. (But I venture to wager that most people around Ames think he died at the hands of others – quite possibly a homophobic misadventure.)

Below are 13 pix…. out of about 60 that I took - Tom.

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