Old Barns

The Norman Vierstra barn in Buhl, photographed Nov. 3.

STEPHEN REISS, TIMES-NEWS

Built: about 1915

Location: 4044 N. 1600 E. (west side of road), Buhl

Size: 54 feet long, 38 feet wide, 48 feet tall

Its past: The Vierstra family doesn’t know whether Henry Schick built the barn, or for whom it was built. The barn does, however, have the tall concrete walls common in Schick’s work.

The home, said Norman Vierstra’s daughter Helen Werner, was built in about 1905, and the dairy barn followed. Vierstra bought the 40-acre dairy farm in 1971 and built a new dairy. The family raised calves in the old barn for a time before retiring it.

Its status: The family no longer dairies but still owns the barn. It’s now used for storage, but when the Vierstra children were in school they used the loft as a basketball court.

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