Bailey / Estelle Barn


3150 North Glenn Highway, Marsh Road

Bailey/Estelle barn, 2012 (photo by Eric Vercammen/Northern Light Media)

Ferber and Ruth Bailey of Lena, Wisconsin, joined the Colony trek in 1935 with their two children. Ferber, who drew tract no. 152, was a carpenter by trade, and he dug a full basement and then helped build their unique home, a one-and-one-half story frame building. The house has a gambrel roof matching the barn, a departure from the norm which makes the entire farm scene unusual and visually appealing, particularly when viewed with 6,398’ Pioneer Peak soaring in the background.

Ferber Bailey farm (Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division HABS AK, 13-PALM.V,4-1)

The barn built for Ferber Bailey in 1936 is described in detail on the National Register of Historic Places registration form: “The barn, measuring 32’ x 32’, is a typical gambrel-roofed colony barn with flared eaves. It is of log and frame construction. Small, one-story wood-sided shed additions have been attached on the north and south facades. The original barn is intact and its front facade is unchanged. The barn sits on a concrete sill added when the building was moved. The first floor logs are covered with horizontal lap siding–it is the only colony barn originally constructed with siding over the logs. The upper floor, under the roof line, is sheathed with horizontal drop siding. The mid-section is covered with vertical boards. An open cupola, which vents the building, is located in the center of the high roof ridge. The roof eave extends over the hay loft door on the west side. The door is flanked by multi-pane windows, identical to those on the first floor. The first floor has standard double and single doors.

“The barn stands approximately 150 feet from its original site. It was moved in the late 1940s when the adjacent Glenn Highway was widened.”


One comment on “Bailey / Estelle Barn

  1. Linda Norton says:

    Love this! Ferber was my great-grandmother’s brother. My grandmother remembered last seeing Uncle Ferb in 1936 or 37 when she was a teenager. The internet and technology allowed me to find his and Aunt Ruth’s children and Grandma was able to talk to her cousins in 2003. Grandma back in Oconto, Wisconsin and me at my home near Mount Hood, Oregon, hosting three of Uncle Ferb’s children – by then in their 70’s and 80’s!

    I’m so glad the barn and house are still standing, because an even more amazing thing happened last Christmas when a photographer friend of mine was in Palmer and shot this: We were both shocked to realize several hours after he’d posted it to Facebook that it was my family’s original colony farm!

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