Corn Crib/Granary Barn
Built by John Gordon Bonner (1885-1969) and Howard Bonner (1918-2009)
This barn was built as a corn crib in 1943 and converted to a granary in 1966. It is a fine example of the type of granaries built on farms in the first half of the 20th century. The building is primarily a balloon frame structure, and its major architectural feature is a large cupola above the second floor that accommodated a grain elevator.
Balloon construction is an American invention using 2x4 and 2x6 boards set close together instead of mortised beams, and held together by nails rather than joints. It was called “balloon” construction because people joked it was as light and insubstantial as a balloon, but proved to be light, flexible and tough.
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