Schoenicke Barn

Destroyed by severe weather
NE of Watertown on Venus Rd., Watertown, Wisconsin

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Description 

The Schoenicke Barn was a rare example of Prussian Colonial half-timber construction. Gottlieb Schoenicke came from Brandenburg in 1844 with his wife, five children, two brothers, and a sister. He and his wife had seven more children after they arrived here. Gottlieb's son, Gottlieb Daniel Schoenicki acquired the farm in 1889 and in turn, his son Emil acquired the farm. It did not pass from the Schoenicke family until 1976.

The owner began to restore the barn during the 1980s but in 1998, a strong wind blew it over.

National Register information 

Status
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on September 19, 1979
Reference number
79000071
Architectural styles
Colonial; Other architectural type; Prussian Colonial
Area of significance
Architecture
Level of significance
State
Evaluation criteria
C - Design/Construction
Property type
Building
Historic functions
Agricultural outbuildings; Storage
Current functions
Secondary structure; Animal facility
Period of significance
1850-1874
Significant year
ca. 1855

Update Log 

  • August 19, 2019: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated status

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