George & Mable Harris Round Barn

Location Town of Forest, Vernon County, Wisconsin
Project Type National Register Nomination
Year 2014

The George and Mable Harris Round Barn, constructed in 1906, is locally significant for its association with centric barn building in the State of Wisconsin. Round barns were an expression of efficiency at the turn of the twentieth century applied to agriculture and dairy farming. The Harris Barn is a very fine, unusually intact, and rare example of a round barn. Its distinctive roof truss structure and interior silo add to the architectural uniqueness of the building. It is also assumed that the barn was likely the first centric barn built by Alga Shivers, a local builder who constructed a large number of round barns in Vernon and Monroe Counties in the early twentieth century.