11 Most Endangered Historic Places

Miller-Purdue Barn

Year Listed: 2001
Location: Indiana
Threat: Deterioration, Neglect

Significance

The Miller-Purdue barn was built in the 1850s by an Indiana farm family and stands as a fine example of the hundreds of historic barns across the country. It is a three-gabled, white-painted structure with five cupolas. In 1940, the barn and the 700-acre farm on which it sits were given to Purdue University. For more than 40 years, Purdue agriculture students used the land as an experimental farm. However, as the agricultural focus in Indiana shifted from cattle to grain crops, these barns have lost their importance on the farm. Most farmers can't afford to keep these historic buildings up choose to either dispose of them quickly by burning them or over time by benign neglect.