Frank Senour Round Barn

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Frank Senour Round Barn
Frank Senour Round Barn is located in Indiana
Frank Senour Round Barn
Location 6400 East Oregon Church Road, Blackhawk, Indiana
 United States
Coordinates 39°20′7″N 87°19′10″W / 39.33528°N 87.31944°W / 39.33528; -87.31944Coordinates: 39°20′7″N 87°19′10″W / 39.33528°N 87.31944°W / 39.33528; -87.31944
Built 1905
MPS Round and Polygonal Barns of Indiana
NRHP Reference # 93000193 [1]
Added to NRHP April 2, 1993

The Frank Senour Round Barn, also known as the Crandell Barn, is a round barn in the vicinity of Blackhawk, Vigo County, Indiana, about 13 miles south of Terre Haute.

For its agricultural and architectural significance, the barn was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1993 as part of a Round and Polygonal Barns of Indiana Multiple Listing.[1][2]


The barn was built in 1905 by Frank Senour, who was impressed with the efficiency of similar barns in nearby Illinois. In 1922 a tornado damaged the barn's original cupola; the roof was patched but the cupola was not rebuilt.

Since 1972 the barn has been owned and maintained by the Crandell family.[3]


The barn is a true circular barn with no angles in its circumference. It has red vertical siding and a conical roof with four small dormers.[4] It was built in 1905 during a time when round barns were promoted as models of efficiency, since the circular shape has a greater volume-to-surface ratio than a square shaped barn. Farmers could also work in a continuous direction, saving time and labor.


  1. ^ a b "Senour, Frank, Round Barn". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2010-05-22. 
  2. ^ Jerry McMahan (October 18, 1991). "National Register of Historic Places Multiple Property Documentation: Round and Polygonal Barns of Indiana" (PDF). National Park Service. 
  3. ^ Hopkins, Marjorie (November 7, 2010). "Three round barns dot Wabash Valley landscape". Tribune-Star. Retrieved November 15, 2010. 
  4. ^ Travis, Dale (April 5, 2010). "USA Indiana Vigo County#Indiana#USA Round Barns List". Retrieved May 26, 2010.