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Early history of Ozaukee County, Wisconsin
(1965)

Octagonal barns,   pp. 70-74


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Octagonal Barns
Ernst Clausing, grandson of the man who had broug
and two daughters from Saxony, was a carpenter. From
idea for the octagonal berns, One of the Clausing des
Seifert, thinks perhaps it was from a picture in a nag
theory holds that the design originated in Germany or
It is a fact that from around 18 7 to 1857 on the
New York, there was a fad for octagonal houses, promot
He visited in Wisconsin in 1850 and influenced the bui'
houses in the state.
Ernst, together with some of his brothers, decide4
business the building of octagonal barns. They built I
for their cousin Franz Vocke, probably some time beforo
for Gustav Timpel, related to the Clausings by marriago
structures. It may well have been the second.
EventuaLly barns were built for Ernst's  bthers,
Henry and for his cousins Julius, William and John and
Another octagonal barn, built about the same time
was put up by a man named Schnukel.
Octagonal barns built for Henry Kiekhaefer and Lec
attributed to Ernst and his brothers.
Four of the barns are gone, those built for John,
and the one for Leonard Maulo They stood until fairly
barn near Port Washington is falling to ruin.
The Kieckhaefer barn still stands. It is on
to Notre Dame of the Lake,
William Clausing's barn, until recently owned by t
standing, but it is in property which has been sold to


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