Thompson-Wohlschlegel Round Barn

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Thompson-Wohlschlegel Round Barn
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Nearest city Harper, Kansas
Coordinates 37°16′33″N97°58′4″W / 37.27583°N 97.96778°W / 37.27583; -97.96778 Coordinates: 37°16′33″N97°58′4″W / 37.27583°N 97.96778°W / 37.27583; -97.96778
Area less than one acre
Built 1910-13
Built by Russell, Bill
Architect Z.C. Thompson and C. R. Thompson
NRHP reference # 85000315 [1]
Added to NRHP February 21, 1985

The Thompson-Wohlschlegel Round Barn near Harper, Kansas is a round barn that was built during 1910 to 1913. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1985. [1] [2]

Harper, Kansas City in Kansas, United States

Harper is a city in Harper County, Kansas, United States. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 1,473.

Round barn circular storage building

A round barn is a historic barn design that could be octagonal, polygonal, or circular in plan. Though round barns were not as popular as some other barn designs, their unique shape makes them noticeable. The years from 1880–1920 represent the height of round barn construction. Round barn construction in the United States can be divided into two overlapping eras. The first, the octagonal era, spanned from 1850–1900. The second, the true circular era, spanned from 1889–1936. The overlap meant that round barns of both types, polygonal and circular, were built during the latter part of the nineteenth century. Numerous round barns in the United States are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

National Register of Historic Places federal list of historic sites in the United States

The National Register of Historic Places (NRHP) is the United States federal government's official list of districts, sites, buildings, structures, and objects deemed worthy of preservation for their historical significance. A property listed in the National Register, or located within a National Register Historic District, may qualify for tax incentives derived from the total value of expenses incurred preserving the property.

It is about 80 feet (24 m) in diameter and has a three-tier domed roof which is 75 feet (23 m) tall. Its first floor walls are of rough concrete blocks. It is one of the largest and most elaborate round barns in Kansas. Owner Z.C. Thompson and his son first began pouring concrete blocks in 1910 with construction beginning in 1912. [2]

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