Secrest Octagon Barn

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Secrest Octagon Barn
Joshua Secrest's octagonal barn near West Branch, Iowa.jpg
Secrest Octagon Barn is located in Iowa
Secrest Octagon Barn
Secrest Octagon Barn is located in the United States
Secrest Octagon Barn
Nearest cityDowney, Iowa
Coordinates41°36′49″N 91°22′13″W / 41.61361°N 91.37028°W / 41.61361; -91.37028Coordinates: 41°36′49″N 91°22′13″W / 41.61361°N 91.37028°W / 41.61361; -91.37028
Arealess than one acre
Built byGeorge Frank Longerbean
MPSIowa Round Barns: The Sixty Year Experiment TR (AD)
NRHP reference #74000790[1]
Added to NRHPNovember 5, 1974

The Secrest Octagon Barn is a historic building located near Downey in rural Johnson County, Iowa, United States. It was constructed in 1883 by master builder George Frank Longerbean for Joshua Hunt Secrest as a hay barn-horse stable.[2] The octagonal barn measures 80 feet (24 m) in diameter.[3] It features red vertical siding and a sectional bell shaped roof that is supported by hand-laminated beams. The octagon-shaped cupola has the same roof shape as the barn. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1974.[1]

According to the builder's great grandson, the builder's name is Longerbeam.


  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. July 9, 2010.
  2. ^ Mrs. Edward J. Schermerhorn. "Secrest Octagon Barn". National Park Service. Retrieved 2017-12-07. with photos
  3. ^ Dale Travis. "Iowa Round Barns List". Round Barns & Covered Bridges. Retrieved 2017-12-07.

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