historic preservation :: maplenol dairy barn

Yesterday, I found out that Valley High School and the omniscient school board has decided to tear down this beautiful landmark to make room for a discus course and additional “green space”. So I headed down there today to photograph it. To raise awareness, please visit the preservation Facebook page for additional information on what you can do to save this small slice of our history. This is what I captured.

reike plecasJanuary 5, 2011 - 8:27 pm

I love this!!!! Take more and make calendars, cuz if the school district wins this, it is gone like everything else! Cud you also take a picture of the hoffman/beaver memorial plaque cuz they are tearing it out and throwing it away too!

Holly PetersonJanuary 5, 2011 - 8:46 pm

These are wonderful. I love this barn!

Laura WillsJanuary 5, 2011 - 11:09 pm

wow!! these are fantastic! I LOVE the contrast of the barn with the tennis court & fence! what a great idea; itll be really sad if they go through with it šŸ™

V AJanuary 6, 2011 - 1:04 am

What a wonderful old barn, so solid and worthy of being lived and loved in again.

Why can’t the WDSM school district just reconfigure their $60 million plan to make the barn a focal point for a refreshment building, welcome center or some other eclectically cool use?

Have barn dances in it!

Is a mere 2200 sq ft of barn space really tying up that much green space? (Who even has $60million to build all that in this economy anyway when better education is needed?).

WDM has their priorities out of whack. SAVE THE BARN!

Michael LibbieJanuary 6, 2011 - 7:39 am

Sarah…Nice work. The addition of the text really makes these stand out. Thanks for sharing… I don’t live in WDM nor do I do much business there. Some, then, might consider me putting my nose where I shouldn’t and into a fight that can’t be won. But I love Iowa’s tie to agriculture. As we move further and further away from what tied us to the cycle of growth we become…I believe…less and not more. WDM is making a silly mistake they just don’t see it.

Gregory OvertonJanuary 6, 2011 - 3:17 pm

“A true conservationist is a man who knows that the world is not given by his fathers but borrowed from his children.”
– Audobon

danJanuary 15, 2011 - 1:03 am

these photos are awesome – powerful compositions

Jane E.March 1, 2011 - 11:17 pm

Have you considered selling any of your Barn photos? I would love to have a copy of the top photo. How can I get a copy of this photo e.g. 8 1/2 x 11 or poster size? We need more uplifting things in our life. These photos are just wonderful. Keep up the good work.

March 1, 2011

ChrisMarch 3, 2011 - 9:08 am


I will put up a gallery and let you know. Thank you for your kind words.

Holly, Sarah, and Julia « Maplenol BarnFebruary 12, 2011 - 12:08 pm

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