Octagon Barn - with "Quilt"

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Comments (19)

Marilyn Whiteley on August 16, 2009

Whenever we went to visit my grandparents, I loved to watch for the very few octagonal or round barns along the route. Now that my grandparents' place is mine, we come west from Canada instead of north from Illinois, Interstate highways have replaced the older roads, and quite possibly some of those interesting buildings have fallen victim to time and mishap anyway. Along my current route I see only this one. I've wanted to photograph it, but because of darkness, rain,or some need to hurry, I never before had the chance.

To my surprise, this year it has a new look: a "barn quilt" has been added! You can read here about the barn quilt project and also about this particular barn which was probably built in the 1880s. Isn't it a delightful building?

Luca Rigato on August 17, 2009

Marilyn, I love your photos! You make me want to come there!

Steven on August 17, 2009

Hi Marilyn,

I am glad that you took this photograph. It is sad that buildings such as this are probably being pulled down all over the mid west. At least people will have your wonderful photographic record and knowledge that you will not let this one fall into decay

Regards Steven

Ria Maat on August 17, 2009

Very interesting photo of that building Marilyn! The story you added and all the info via the link are even more interesting! Great work! Thanks for all.

Greetings from Ria

mardrl on August 17, 2009

Interesting story. Great capture.

Nawitka on August 18, 2009

Thanks for the link and this great photo Marilyn!

Hank Waxman on August 18, 2009

Actually it's a double family story, Marilyn; both yours and the family that shared the information in the link. So a double thanks.


not1word on August 18, 2009

Cool, Marilyn. I'm glad your were able to get this one.

MaryAlice on August 20, 2009


What a fascinating story! How I enjoyed reading about it's history while enjoying your beautiful capture of it today. I wouldn't have thought about the shape being used in such a way, but it does make good sense.

I think your shot is just wonderful. The added touch of the beautiful sunflowers in the right corner is delightful, along with the wonderfully weathered appeal of this unique and very appealing octagon barn!

What a neat quilting project as well! I think it's great that they've taken such an interest in this grand relic! I can see that it will be cherished for years to come.

A great story and rich capture! A dual delight! =)

Thank you so much for sharing it with us here.

Warmest regards from Georgia,

Mary Alice

Amelia Royan on August 21, 2009

What a delightful photo Marilyn, and all the info that goes with it is so interesting. I loved looking at the other barns with "quilts" too. This one apparently may have been built by Norwegian settlers - but I haven't, as yet, come across an octagonal barn here. I will keep my eyes open from now on :)

Friendly greetings from Norway, Amelia

Ian Stehbens on August 24, 2009

Dear Marilyn,

I am the proud owner of a book on the Octagonal Barns of Iowa, a gift from my Iowa relatives, and now you have contributed this image of one in Wisconsin. I put this in the same class as the Covered Bridges of Ohio, another American distinctive of rural architecture. Now add to the the quilt projects and you have presented us with a special image.

Thanks, Ian

Marilyn Whiteley on August 29, 2009

Paul, Luca, Steven, Ria, Margot, Bruce, Nawitka, Hank, n1w, Mary Alice, Amelia, and Ian, how did I manage to get so far behind when I am so pleased that you share my delight in this octagon barn! As I said when I posted the picture, I have been fascinated with them for decades, and it has given me great pleasure to share this one--with its quilt decoration--with good Panoramio friends. Thank you!


kevin mcvay on January 12, 2010

Hello A yellow star Great photographic Fascinating Work you have got good eye for color & composition nice gallery Postcard Quality Brilliant you are an artist I hope you harvest this Talent you are capable and gifted Best wishes from shalom57

Marilyn Whiteley on January 17, 2010

Thank you for your very generous comment, shalom57, and greetings from Canada. Marilyn

not1word on January 17, 2010

Your octobarn just zipped by on my comments page again, Marilyn, so I thought I'd say hello! Still like this one, too.

Marilyn Whiteley on January 17, 2010

Thanks for catching it again as it zipped by!

Jesse * on January 18, 2010

I love this barn, especially with the sunflowers in the foreground! Thanks for the idea about the round buildings in Wisconsin website, and I think I found it here. I found this barn and the octagon house in Watertown on the website. I found a few that are not too far out the ways I normal go in Wisconsin and will have some fun tracking them down the next few times we go. Happy traveling Marilyn! Greetings from IL Jesse

Marilyn Whiteley on January 18, 2010

Yes, Jesse, that's the site. Thanks; I've bookmarked it now. Happy traveling to you! Greetings from Ontario, Marilyn

JBTHEMILKER on August 19, 2010

Thanks for the link. I always click on those. I like the feeling of this barn.

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Photo details

  • Uploaded on August 16, 2009
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    by Marilyn Whiteley
    • Taken on 2009/08/14 11:28:29
    • Exposure: 0.003s (1/320)
    • Focal Length: 11.07mm
    • F/Stop: f/5.600
    • ISO Speed: ISO50
    • Exposure Bias: -0.30 EV
    • No flash