Architectural Gem with an Old-World Charm
The singular historic sheep barn was built in the late 1800's with clay tile and is a remarkable achievement of masonry.
It is a 5,000 sq.ft monitor barn. It features 47 windows designed to heat the barn naturally with sunlight.
Originally it had nine stalls and two lofts off the central runway. You can see the 9 little white doors where the sheep would go in.
The property has been in the family since 1960 as a cattle farm. It was acquired in 1995 and became a working farm growing corn, soybeans, wheat and hay.
The latest restoration strengthened the structure to last another 100 years. All the walls were tuck pointed inside and out.
The raised roof barn is more common on the west coast and seldom seen in the midwest.
They are especially rare to be made of brick and still standing.
The barn is an architectural gem.
The Victorian House
was built in 1892 and was commissioned by Lt. Wells H. Blodgett who was given a Congressional Medal of Honor for his service in Newtonia (present day Newton, Missouri) in 1862 during American Civil War.
He is known as the Hero of Newtonia. He studied law at Illinois Institue (now Wheaton College) and admitted into the bar in 1861.
He famously worked on the Old Drum Case in Warrensburg, MO.
He lived in St. Louis while he was a lawyer for the railroad company and eventually vice-president and general counsel for the Wabash Railroad.
He drew on inspiration from railroad cars in the design of the upstairs hallway.