Hospital Barn – Longview Farm

This is the second post in a multi-part series about Longview Farm in Lee’s Summit, Missouri.

South View

A view of the south and east sides of the barn in 1978. (1)

General Info:

  • Built: 1914
  • Modifications?: None known
  • Disused: Likely around 1957.
  • Razed: Between February and December 2003
  • Size: About 30′ x 40′, one story with loft.
  • Location: 38°54’28.63″N  94°26’43.86″W  – About 450 feet due east of North Dairy Barn
  • Listed on NRHP?: Yes

Function and Features

The Hospital Barn was where sickened livestock went to keep them from sickening the rest of the livestock. It was simply a temporary home before they ultimately died for many of the livestock. As the farm discontinued all of its livestock operations in 1957, the Hospital Barn likely became useless shortly thereafter. The barn was neglected for many years before finally being torn down in 2003 and is one of the three NRHP listed structures that have been torn down.

1985 View

Only 8 years after the previous picture, showing obvious deterioration. (2)

How feasible would it have been to convert the barn for more modern use? Its size would have likely provided about 1000 square feet of floor space, and the loft could have been removed to provide a fairly high ceiling. However, the Kansas City Star cited in October 2001 that the Gale would tear it down because of its “deplorable condition”. I have a feeling that restoration costs would have been somewhere north of $1 million, and the low amount of rent that you could get from such a small building would mean that it would have always been operating at a loss.

The Broad Mare Barn roof was projected at both the north and south ends to really define this barn. The south side also features a rope and pulley above a set of double doors to help get hay to the loft. The barn had three bays to hold livestock.

The interior of the barn, looking southeast. (3)

Today

The barn may be gone, but it appears the foundation may still remain at the site. If you click that link for “Location”, and zoom in a bit, you can clearly see something that looks like either a concrete pad (not likely), or gravel.

Additional Photographs

 

A 1920's view of the barn. (4)

The north, or "back" side of the barn. (5)

Photo Credits
(1) David J. Kaminsky, HABS, August 1978.
(2) Piland-Uguccioni, NRHP, June 1985.
(3) Kaminsky.
(4) Anderson Co., Anne Scherer collection, HABS, about 1920.
(5) Kaminsky.

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