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University of Wisconsin Dairy Barn

J.T.W. Jennings; Arthur Peabody, Architects

 

1898; 1909, 1916-17

 
University of Wisconsin Dairy Barn Marker image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, April 2, 2012
1. University of Wisconsin Dairy Barn Marker
Inscription. This spectacular barn and silo feature design elements of the French Provincial style inspired by the agricultural buildings of northern France. Jennings was the architect for the main 3-story side-gambrel barn, brick silo, and front-gambrel livestock barns and gabled judging area at the rear. This barn is nationally significant for its association with transformative animal science achievements, pioneering advancements in dairy science, and livestock breeding and health occurred here; the "single-grain experiment" originated in the field of modern, animal nutrition science.

Designated July 18, 2006
 
Erected 2012 by the Madison Landmarks Commission. (Marker Number 167.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the National Historic Landmarks, and the Wisconsin, Madison Landmarks Commission marker series.
 
Location. 43° 4.496′ N, 89° 25.118′ W. Marker is in Madison, Wisconsin, in Dane County. Marker can be reached from Linden Drive, on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1915 Linden Drive, Madison WI 53706, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Preventing Endemic Goiter (approx. 0.2 miles away); Understanding Immunity
University of Wisconsin Dairy Barn Marker image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, April 2, 2012
2. University of Wisconsin Dairy Barn Marker
The marker is just to the right of the door in the lower right corner of this photograph.
(approx. 0.2 miles away); Discovering Vitamins and Trace Minerals (approx. 0.2 miles away); Scientific Approach to Agriculture (approx. 0.2 miles away); Revolutionizing Animal Reproduction (approx. 0.2 miles away); Smith-Ogg House (approx. mile away); Ely House (approx. mile away); University Creek Group (approx. mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Madison.
 
Regarding University of Wisconsin Dairy Barn. According to the Madison Landmarks Commission, "J.T.W. Jennings, an architect in private practices in Chicago, designed the original three-story, side-gambreled main barn, brick silo and two front-gambreled perpendicular livestock barns in a style that was inspired by the rural architecture of the Normandy region of France. A side milk-house and additional east end livestock barn were added in 1916-17 by the State Architect, Arthur Peabody, and designed to match the original section in finish and details.

"The Dairy Barn played a significant role in the advancement of dairy science as the site of the 'single-grain experiment' cattle feeding
University of Wisconsin Dairy Barn image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, March 17, 2011
3. University of Wisconsin Dairy Barn
The National Historical Landmark marker is on a rock in front of the Dairy Barn, which can be seen in the bottom center of this photo.
study performed by Stephen Babcock between 1907 and 1911. The experiment reached far beyond livestock, and laid the foundation for the emergence of the modern science of nutrition, leading to the discovery of vitamins and their importance in a healthy diet. The Dairy Barn also played a significant role in science for research, outreach projects and teaching demonstrations conducted between 1898 and 1951 which found discoveries that were applicable in other fields of breeding and health in livestock, including artificial insemination technology, testing and eventual eradication of bovine tuberculosis, identifying and controlling Johnes disease and milk fever."
 
Also see . . .
1. Madison Landmarks Commission. The landmark nomination form for the building (pdf). (Submitted on March 17, 2011, by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin.) 

2. Wisconsin Center for Dairy Research. (Submitted on March 18, 2011, by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin.)
 
Categories. AgricultureScience & Medicine
 
University of Wisconsin Dairy Barn image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, March 17, 2011
4. University of Wisconsin Dairy Barn
This is a view of the Dairy Barn from the northwest.
University of Wisconsin Dairy Barn image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, March 17, 2011
5. University of Wisconsin Dairy Barn
This is a view of the Dairy Barn from the east, including the livestock barn addition on the left.
University of Wisconsin Dairy Barn image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, March 17, 2011
6. University of Wisconsin Dairy Barn
This is a view of the south side of the Dairy Barn, including the "two front-gambreled perpendicular livestock barns" mentioned by the Landmarks Commission.
National Historic Landmark Marker image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, March 17, 2011
7. National Historic Landmark Marker

University of Wisconsin
Dairy Barn

has been designated a
National Historic Landmark
This property possesses national significance
for contributions made in the fields of
science, agriculture, health, and nutrition, 1907 to 1911.

2005

National Park Service
United States Department of the Interior
University of Wisconsin Dairy Operation image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, March 17, 2011
8. University of Wisconsin Dairy Operation
This is the UW milking operation, from a public viewing area, adjacent to the Dairy Barn.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on March 17, 2011, by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 685 times since then and 33 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on April 2, 2012, by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin.   3. submitted on March 17, 2011, by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin.   4, 5, 6. submitted on March 18, 2011, by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin.   7. submitted on March 17, 2011, by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin.   8. submitted on March 18, 2011, by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin.
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