Bank barn


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Bank barn

A two-level barn built against a bank or hillside, with an upper level that can be reached directly from the hill slope.

bank barn

bank barn
A two-story barn usually built into the slope of a hill and oriented so that the ground floor is protected from the prevailing wind. An inclined driveway leads to a large sliding door on the upper floor, which contains an area set aside for threshing grain, storing grain, and storing animal feed. The level below provides housing for animals and is entered at ground level from an enclosed yard. In the United States, sometimes called a German barn, Pennsylvania barn, or Pennsylvania Dutch barn. Also see barn, forebay barn, Swiss barn, Yankee barn.
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BANK BARN: A barn built on a slope, allowing entry from two levels, similar to a house with a walkout basement.
A bank barn's upper level extends out over the front of the lower level by 8 to 10 feet, forming a sheltering forebay over the livestock entries.
Growing up, he spent many hours working in his father's bank barn, loading hay, straw and grain, and tending livestock.
A substantial bank barn had been built into the side of one of the unending hills, to facilitate driving onto the second floor level.
It was perfect building material for a classic Pennsylvania-Dutch bank barn, like the one that was built right across the road in 1854.
There's a beautiful old "century" farmhouse, a large bank barn and several outbuildings on the property, as well as a circular test track.
In the rural community of Biglerville, just a few miles from Gettysburg, sits a bank barn built in 1858.
Tenders are invited for the contractor shall provide commercial services for selective demolition of the carriageway structure between the barn and the bank barns.
Bank barns had one major downside, especially when their lower level was being used for manure storage.
Check out Page 62 to read about old-fashioned bank barns.