Green Barn with Character

Barn with Character

Barn with Character © 2008 Bo Mackison

This is another of the many Door County, Wisconsin barns whose builder refused to go along with the more customary red barn motif.

Barn with Character II

Barn with Character II © 2008 Bo Mackison

A very green barn – green roof, once sage-green walls, even the trim was a darker shade of green. And now surrounded by lots of tall, waving grasses. The little bit of red in the window provides for an interesting contrast.

Barn with Character III

Barn with Character III © 2008 Bo Mackison

Lots of work went into the construction of this concrete silo – I love the little window facing west and the “top hat.” And somehow, an industrious tree has taken root under the roof.

This barn was most likely built circa 1900 – this circular form of concrete silo was most prevalent in that decade. It was hand built of formed concrete rings that were poured atop each other. Metal ladder rungs were frequently added as a permanent part of the structure to facilitate access, and a poured concrete dome was usually hoisted to cap the tower.


Barn © 2008 Bo Mackison

I can almost imagine the farmer climbing the steel rungs on the outside of the silo, calling to some of his younger kids playing in the loft, maybe the littlest one peeking out at father from the second story window.

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  1. That is a lovely shade of green – very pleasing and comforting; almost serene!

  2. Chris Osborne says:

    Well, green makes a lot of sense.

    If you’re out wandering and looking for food, you’re looking for somewhere that would have food. And I would think that barns would have some food, right?

    So if you see a building that looks like it could be a barn, but it’s not red, you can’t be 100% sure that it’s a barn. Which means you might get in there and find out it’s not a barn, which means you wasted your time to get in. So you pass it and go to the next one.

  3. I love the shape of it. It looks story-bookish. I also like the color/texture of the places where the green paint has worn off on the wood.

  4. That is the coolest silo! I haven’t seen one like that. Neat barn as to its design. It definitely has character… Dutch possibly? I don’t know… just popped in my head. I really like the green. These old barns have such stories to tell… 🙂

  5. wildstorm says:

    These are my favorite kind of barn. Excellent.

  6. Gandalf says:

    I love the textures in the wood with the worn paint and the pattern of the shingles. Wonderful for the eye.

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