Show Barn, Then & Now

Show Barn, Then & Now - Maasdam Barns

Show Barn, Then & Now, Photo Comparison

THEN -  Show Barn left, background (Mare Barn right).  Looking north from the Stallion Barn. (2001)
(Then-2001) Show Barn left, background (Mare Barn right). Looking north from the Stallion Barn.

NOW -  Open House.  Note the Show Barn's new cupola. (Oct 2011)
(Now-Oct 2011) Note the Show Barn's new cupola.

THEN -  Show Barn right, which has a cupola.  It was subsequently removed. (A Maasdam Family photo, apparently in the 1920's).
(Then) Show Barn right, which has a cupola.  It was subsequently removed. (A Maasdam Family photo, apparently in the 1920's).

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

THEN -  Show Barn, southeast side. (2001)
(Then-2001) Show Barn, southeast side.

THEN -  Restoration has not yet started. (May 2005)
(Then-May 2005) Restoration has not yet started.

THEN -  A longer view of the Show Barn.  The Mare Barn can just be seen on right. (2001)
(Then-2001) A longer view of the Show Barn. The Mare Barn can just be seen on right.

THEN -  The roof is being fixed, and a new cupola is being attached, but more restoration work is needed. (Jan 2011)
(Then-Jan 2011) The roof is being fixed, and a new cupola is being attached, but more restoration work is needed.

THEN -  Show Barn, south side. (2001)
(Then-2001) Show Barn, south side.

THEN -  Before Restoration began. (Aug 2009)
(Then-Aug 2009) Before Restoration began.

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

NOW -  Open House, Oct 8, 2011.  Basic restoration is done, now small things need attention. (Oct 2011)
(Now-Oct 2011) Open House, Oct 8, 2011.  Basic restoration is done, now small things need attention.

THEN -  Show Barn, main floor, looking north.  Cows were housed here. (2001)
(Then-2001) Show Barn, main floor, looking north. Cows were housed here.

THEN -  The cleaning crew, all volunteers. (May 2011)
(Then-May 2011) The cleaning crew, all volunteers.

NOW -  This carrier on the main floor, from another barn, still works, and has an authentic patina. (Oct 2011)
(Now-Oct 2011) This carrier on the main floor, from another barn, still works, and has an authentic patina.

THEN -  Storage room in the Show Barn. (2001)
(Then-2001) Storage room in the Show Barn.

NOW -  Storage room has been cleaned & painted - small tools will be displayed here. (Aug 2011)
S(Then-Aug 2011). Storage room has been cleaned & painted - small tools will be displayed here.

NOW -  Storage room is ready for visitors. (Oct 2011)
(Now-Oct 2011) Storage room is ready for visitors.

THEN -  Workshop room in the Show Barn. (2001)
(Then-2001) Workshop room in the Show Barn.

NOW -  Various hand tools are on display in the Workshop room. (Oct 2011)
(Now-Oct 2011) Various hand tools are on display in the Workshop room.

THEN -  Show Barn loft.  The framing used ideas from the Louden Barn Planning Service. (2001)
(Then-2001) Show Barn loft.  The framing used ideas from the Louden Barn Planning Service.

THEN -  Show Barn loft after a thorough cleaning. (Sep 2009)
(Then-Sep 2009) Show Barn loft after a thorough cleaning.

THEN -  The Louden Hay Carrier (and track) is still here, with its ropes. (Sep 2009)
(Then-Sep 2009) The Louden Hay Carrier (and track) is still here, with its ropes.

NOW -  A hole cut into the barn ceiling lets a visitor see the loft.  Note the track for the Louden Hay Carrier. (Oct 2011)
(Now-Oct 2011) A hole cut into the barn ceiling lets a visitor see the loft, which used ideas from the Louden Barn Planning Service. Note the track for the Louden Hay Carrier.

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

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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