Lehmann Barn
(c. 1919)
Claremont Vicinity, Minnesota

Lehmann Barn (c. 1919) Claremont Vicinity, Minnesota

The Lehmann Barn (MHPR ST-HAV-035) is an excellent example of a Two-Level Ground Barn originally built and owned by Minnesotans of German immigrant stock. The structure is extremely well-built with timber frame members assembled via mortise and tenon joinery. The custom-fit timbers are saw-cut and display Roman numeral-like carpenter’s marks (aka “marriage” marks).

Minnesota’s German immigrant timber frame barns serve as direct architectural links to the settlement of the state by European immigrants. The forms, design details, and construction techniques likely represent the practice of Germanic cultural traditions by either immigrants coming directly from Europe, or Germans moving to Minnesota from an immigrant community previously established in the Eastern US. Some construction details are believed to be rare in the Midwest (and possibly nationwide). Because of the quality of its design and construction, the Lehmann Barn is an important example of the timber frame barns built in the late 19th and early 20th century by Minnesotans of German immigrant stock.

Large format photography for the Minnesota Historic Property Record (MHPR) was performed for Gemini Research, who provided this historical background for the property.

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