A facelift for Iowa State’s Horse Barn | College of Agriculture and Life Sciences


The hayloft doorways on the north facet of the Horse Barn have been in determined want of restore. The mannequin new doorways have been made using wooden from three bur oak timber harvested from the ISU Packer farm on the south facet of campus.

By Whitney Baxter

Weighing Greater than 300 kilos every and Made from native, native lumber, the 4 (two pair) new hayloft doorways on the north facet of the Horse Barn are each heavy And sturdy. Traits Which will permit them To face up to Mom Nature’s parts For A pair of yrs To return.

Nick Upah, agriculture specialist with Iowa State College Evaluation and Demonstration Farms, was tasked with changing the previous, rotten doorways. The doorways are trapezoidal in type with distinctive house windows, hung extreme on unusual sloping tracks shut to the barn door. By way of the disassembly course of, it was found the doorways had been restoreed A minimal of as quickly as and the rotting seen on The primary of the three-layers-thick doorways went deeper than uniquely anticipated.

Upah labored with Troy Heeren, forestry specialist, To choose Definitely one of the biggest wooden Which might not solely match The prevailing, salvageable wooden, However in addition primarytaInside the historic look of the barn. As a Outcome of Of unusual measurement and reduce of The prevailing oak boards, Heeren said they decided to supply the lumber from campus Because it Could have been exhausting To Search out comparable reduces at lumber yards.

They Did not Need to look far To Search out timber Which might go well with their wants – three bur oaks have been found on the ISU Packer farm south of Reiman Gardens on the west facet of College Boulevard.

“It was an out there resupply, and it was The regular of wooden We would have appreciated Which will hopefully final one other 50 yrs,” Upah said.

Heeren said the three timber have been Chop up and Extra probably to die quickly, anytechnique, so it was an opportune time To make the most of them. He reduce and milled the timber Proper down to measurement, then launched the boards to the kiln Inside the basement of Bessey Hall to dry.

Once the doorways have been assembled, Upah labored with Tim Goode, farms supervisor, and Mark Wuebker, agricultural specialist, To primarytain the heavy doorways Dec. 13. The multi-yr enterprise was Worthwhile.

“They seem good And will final a lifetime,” Goode said of the doorways.

Historic previous of the Horse Barn

Barns have been An factor of Iowa State’s history since its institution in 1858. By way of the yrs, the barns have Discover your self to be A spot for studying, gathering, housing livestock and offering A Method of house or familiarity For school youngsters who grew up in an agricultural setting.

The Horse Barn, located on the northeast half of campus reprimarys in principally its unique situation When it Includes design and supplies, and Continues to be in use.

The three wings of the U-shaped barn have been constructed between 1923-1926. Proudfoot, Chook and Souers of Des Moines served As a Outcome of the architectural agency – this similar agency additionally designed Beardshear Hall, Curtiss Hall and the Memorial Union. The within of the U-shaped barn consists of area stalls, tie stalls, a breeding stall and group-housing stalls. It’s additionally used To deal with equipment.

Right now, the Horse Barn is primarytained by the Dehalfment of Animal Science and consists of two scholar ahalfments. Although designed for draft horses, the barn is now used for mild, driving horses – It is house to the university’s herd of Quarter Horse and Thoroughbred broodmares. The barn serves as A spot For school youngsters To understand palms-on expertise working with and caring for horses. The horses are the final huge farm animal stored on central campus and A properly-appreciated cease For school youngsters and visitors.