1888 Barn

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The 1888 barn was originally constructed in the settlement known as East Sioux Falls. As agricultural land use was discontinued at the site, the Barn was not used and fell into disrepair. The Barn’s design is unique in that the front façade was extended with a false “storefront” for commercial use as a stagecoach stop. Behind the façade is a space for the coach and associated office space. East Elevation

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West Elevation

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The Barn space was used to keep horses in stalls with a hayloft above for feed. The unique style of the Barn’s design is attributed to Wallace A. Dow, a prominent local architect of the period. The Architect completed extensive historic research, starting with the only photograph in existence of the Barn on it’s original East Sioux Falls site (shown circled at left).

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The Barn was moved to its current location near the quarries on the east side of Sioux Falls. The site and the Barn were donated to the City of Sioux Falls for development into a 26 acre park.

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Stabilization and preservation documents were prepared which called for temporarily moving the Barn to construct new footings and foundation walls.

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Complete restoration of the exterior was accomplished using original historic components as a guide for reproduction of new materials where required.

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The interior has been preserved in its original condition with all of the materials and interior spaces left exactly as constructed in 1888.

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