Farm Heritage Award Winner
Location: North Dakota
Year of Award: 1999
Original Use: Dairy
Current Use: Calving
The Glick's round dairy barn is a landmark just outside Minot, North Dakota. The barn was built by John Glick's grandfather, Levi, in 1923. "My grandfather had seen a wooden round barn in Kenmare, and decided that was the style he wanted," says John. "Now that barn is gone, but this one survives."
Part of the key to its survival is the barn's construction. The ceramic tile exterior requires very little maintenance. Occasionally a tile will crack and need to be repaired, but for the most part it's maintenance free. The roof was another story. The original roof was a high dome -- great for storing hay, but subject to the force of high prairie winds. Years of being whipped by the wind had caused the roof to twist. John remembers when his father decided to tear off the old roof and build a new, lower roof. He began installing the new roof without disturbing the old one. In 1996, the roof needed work again, but this time it was only the cedar shingles that needed to be replaced. "Even the cedar shingles had to be hand-tapered to fit well around the circle near the top," says John. He also installed a bin seal on top of the silo that extends through the top of the barn roof.
John Glick operates the 700-acre dairy farm in partnership with his son and daughter-in-law. They milk approximately 85 cows twice a day. They also raise all of their own replacement stock. "This is a very useful and profitable building for us today," says John. The barn is listed in the National Register of Historic Places and has been featured in several publications and videos including The National Trust's Using Old Farm Buildings.