Then & Now

Maasdam Barns

Before and After Restoration (Photo Comparisons)

More detailed comparisons can be seen on each of the Barn pages - Stallion, Mare, and Show.

NOW -- Oct 2011.  Looking north.  Note the Horse Sign and the Show Barn's new cupola.
(Now-Oct 2011) Note the Horse Sign and the Show Barn's new cupola.

THEN -- Same view in Oct 2008.  The Chicken Coop has not yet been painted, and the grass needs to be cut.
(Then-Oct 2008) The Chicken Coop has not yet been painted, and the grass needs to be cut.

THEN -- Same view in 2001.  Show Barn left in the background;  Mare Barn right.
(Then-2001) Mare Barn right, & Show Barn left, background. Looking north from the Stallion Barn.

 

NOW -- Oct 2011.  Looking south.  All three barns have been restored.  The Loop Trail passes by here.
(Now-Oct 2011) All three barns have been restored.

THEN -- Same view Jul 2007.  The Stallion Barn (in the background) has been restored - the others await.
(Then-Jul 2007) The Stallion Barn (in the background) has been restored - the others await.

THEN -- Same view in 2001.  Mare Barn left, Stallion Barn in background, Show Barn not seen to the right.
(Then-2001) Mare Barn left, Stallion Barn in background, Show Barn not seen to the right.

 

Stallion Barn - Then & Now

NOW -- Oct 2011.  North-west side of the Stallion Barn, during the Open House.
(Now-Oct 2011) Same view of the Stallion Barn, during the Open House.

THEN -- same view 2001.  Stallion Barn, north-west side.
(Then-2001) Stallion Barn, north-west side.

NOW --  South-east side.  This was the first barn to be restored.  Oct 2008.
(Now-Oct 2008) This was the first barn to be restored.

THEN -- same view 2001.  Stallion Barn, south-east side.
(Then-2001) Stallion Barn, south-east side.

 

Mare Barn - Then & Now

NOW -- Oct 2011.  The south side of the Mare Barn.  During Open House.
(Now-Oct 2011) Southwest corner.

THEN -- same view May 2005.  Mare Barn, south side, while the Stallion Barn was being restored.
(Then-May 2005) Mare Barn, south-west side.

THEN -- same view 2001.  Mare Barn, south side before any restoration began on the farmstead.
(Then-2001) Mare Barn, south-west side.

NOW -- Aug 2010.  North side.  The original sign was not centered, so the reproduced sign is not either.
(Now-Aug 2010) The original sign was not centered, so the reproduced sign is not either.

THEN -- same view 2001.  North side of Mare Barn, before any restoration.
(Then-2001)  Mare Barn, south-east side.


NOW -- Oct 2011.  The Mare Barn with the Show barn behind.
(Now-Oct 2011) The Mare Barn, with the Show Barn behind it.

THEN -- approximately same view in 2001.  The Mare Barn can just be seen in right-front.  The east side of the Show Barn is in the background. .
(Then-2001) A longer view of the Show Barn. The Mare Barn can just be seen on right.

 

Show Barn - Then & Now

NOW -- Oct 2011.  The Show/Milking Barn housed cows, and showcased horses for customers.
(Now-Oct 2011) The Show/Milking Barn housed cows, and showcased horses for customers.

THEN -- same view in May 2005.  East side, while the Stallion Barn was being restored.
(Then-May 2005) Restoration has not yet started.

THEN -- same view in 2001.  Show Barn, south side before any restoration.
(Then-2001) Show Barn, southeast side.

 

NOW -- Oct 2011.  Cupola done, roof replaced, siding repaired and painted, etc.  South side.
(Now-Oct 2011) Cupola done, roof replaced, siding repaired and painted, etc.

THEN -- same view in Aug 2009.  Restoration has not yet started.
(Then-Aug 2009) Restoration has not yet started.

THEN -- same view in 2001.  Show Barn, before any restoration began.
(Then-2001) Show Barn, south side.

 

NOW -- During Open House, Oct 8, 2011, with new cupolas.
(Now-Oct 2011) During Open House, Oct 8, 2011, with new cupolas.

THEN -- same view in 1931?  A Maasdam Family photo, apparently in the 1930's.  The cupolas were subsequently removed.
(Then-1920's?) A Maasdam Family photo, apparently in the 1920's. The cupolas were subsequently removed.

 

NOW -- Aug 2009.  Evergreen Lane, looking east.  The windmill is behind the trees.
(Then-2009) The same view in Aug 2009.  The windmill is behind the trees.

THEN -- 2001.  Approximately the same view in 2001.
(Then-2001) Approximately the same view in 2001.

THEN -- same view, before 1933.  Evergreen Lane, looking east.  Note windmill on the right.  A Maasdam Family photo.
(Then-before 1933) Evergreen Lane, looking east.  Note windmill on the right.  A Maasdam Family photo.

NOW -- Oct 2011.  Sunset at the Maasdam Barns.
(Now-Oct 2011). Sunset at the Maasdam Barns.

More detailed comparisons can be seen on each of the Barn pages - Stallion, Mare, and Show.

The 2007 and newer photos are by Jeff Fitz-Randolph
The 2001 black & white photos are from the Historic Study prepared for the Iowa DOT in 2002 (PDF).

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