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William Thomas Turner Barn

William Thomas Turner Barn

Gardner (KS), United States

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Description The William Thomas Turner Barn was built in 1898 near Gardner, Kansas, United States. The Turner barn is regarded as an outstanding example of barn construction, built by Arthur J. Clinton, a highly regarded barn builder. The barn has been extensively photographed and has been featured in magazines, greeting cards, calendars and other publications.The barn was built to a high standard of craftsmanship, using red cypress, a durable wood not often used in Kansas.The barn has a limestone foundation. The barn two levels expressed on the west side and three levels on the north and south sides. The barn measures 62ft wide, 40ft deep and 45ft high overall. It is capped by two large wood ventilators. The interior has two main levels, with a large hayloft on the upper level. The lower level has intersecting corridors running down the center between the facades, with accommodations for animals and machinery in the resulting quadrants.The Turner barn's exterior materials and detailing are in a remarkable state of preservation. It was placed on the National Register of Historic Places on April 1, 1999.