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The barn was a two-story New York style made of rough hewn beams that were fitted through each other and then secured with wooden pegs. It also contained an upright silo, said to be the first in Wisconsin.
The photo was taken March 1995. After several severe windstorms, it became a primary concern to try and restore the building. Although great efforts were made to save the barn, the remains of the building were regretfully dismantled March of 2004.
Even though the original barn no longer exists, thanks to
Swede Severson, visitors can see a scale model of the original barn when they tour the home. The wood used in the construction of the model was taken from beams salvaged after the original barn was dismantled. The shingles however, are simple doll house shingles.