The Shawver Truss system and its connection to an important citizen.

Before Ken Smith stopped by, I took some time to photograph a view of the Shawver trusses that the Maplenol Barn has.

maplenol barn shawver trusses

gambrel roof frames

From _Farm Buildings_, by Deane G. Carters, Chapter 10, p. 125

The State Historical Society of Iowa wants to know about a barn if it contains, among other things, an unusual series of interior plank trusses supporting the roof (perhaps a Clyde or “Iowa” truss or a Shawver truss).

For the National Register of Historic Places, properties are evaluated on

  • Age and Integrity. Is the property old enough to be considered historic (generally at least 50 years old) and does it still look much the way it did in the past?
  • Significance. Is the property associated with events, activities, or developments that were important in the past? With the lives of people who were important in the past? With significant architectural history, landscape history, or engineering achievements? Does it have the potential to yield information through archeological investigation about our past?

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Also part of Sweet Shot Tuesday.