Octagonal Barn

What a great old barn for sale! This little gem is an 1881 Italianate 3-story, Octogon Bank Barn located in Hudson, OH. It boasts about 8500 square feet over 3 floors. As currently finished, the floors are 2760 SF, 2964SF, and 2804SF. Each side of the octagon is 24 feet; making the basic footprint 58 feet by 58 feet.

The octagon barn was built by dairy farms Hial and Milton C. Danforth in 1881. The Danforth family was from Vermont where dairy farming was prevalent. Most farmers in the area were dairy oriented. Thee were many cheese factories in the region as well.

The barn was ingeniously designed to simultaneously feed all the Danforth cattle at one time. The hay was pitched from the mow thru the center hole in the barn to the ground floor where the cattle had gathered to feed.

Hial was 73 (37?) when the barn was built; Milton was 45. The tax value of the barn was listed at $800, in 1881 and was further listed under Hial’s vast real estate holdings. The local atlas of 1910 pictures a house, the octagonal barn, and several other out buildings.

The foundation of the bar is tooled sandstone. The siding was originally board and baton and was vertically hung. Termites had done considerable damage to the siding. It was inspected, treated and re-used within the building during a renovation in 1976. Much of the original siding is found in the building’s foyer. The 2 inch poplar flooring in the foyer is also original. In addition, the interior staircase was fashioned of the poplar flooring. The structure is reportedly from local hardwoods — Hickory, Beech, and Oak.

New brown stained board and baton siding covers the exterior. During the renovation, the 8 sided cupola’s wooden louvers were replaced wth glass paneled sides

The barn was completely remodeled by Don Reisig in 1976. Allan Sveda was the architect. The barn was turned into an office building with three floors of usable space. It contained conference rooms along with kitchens and bathrooms and house the office of the Smithers’ Oasis Company, which makes water-holding floral foam. The former root cellar with its foot thick stone walls contained a vault.The barn has been put to many uses thru the years. It formerly served as boat storage, an antique auction house and a meeting place for Civil Air Patro in World War II. Prior to renovation in 1976, the barn’s only tenants were pigeons. It currently needs to be moved to allow residential growth in the area. More pictures available. More info can be found on the listing on our site. Make an offer, this place will not last long!

UPDATE Aug 05, 2015: After the economic downturn, we lost track of the original land developer. We do not know if this barn is still standing or not. If anyone knows any information, we are very interested to know. This barn is / was located near Hudson, Ohio (OH)

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