Dutch barn(redirected from Dutch barns)
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Brit a farm building consisting of a steel frame and a curved roof
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1. A distinctive type of front-gabled barn of curtain wall, 1 construction, erected by early Dutch settlers in America; approximately square in plan; built on stone piers with a steeply pitched roof. Often sheathed with overlapping planks to shed water readily; the outer planks temporarily removable for maintenance; typically had a small pent roof directly over the entry way for wagons; owl holes near the peaks of the gables for ventilation and for access to the barn for mice-eating birds.
2. Same as bank barn.
3. Same as hay barrack.
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