A Round Indiana

A Round Indiana

Round Barns in the Hoosier State, Second Edition

John T. Hanou


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Rounds barns are architectural phenomena that have graced rural America for over a century. Today the few that survive stand as symbols of another generation’s innovation and ingenuity. To understand the importance of these buildings is to begin to understand the story of farming in America. A Round Indiana: Round Barns in the Hoosier State, Second Edition documents the 265 round barns identified in the history of Indiana. This book contains more than 300 modern and historical photographs alongside nearly 40 line drawings and plans.

Author and award-winning photographer John T. Hanou combed through often-forgotten documents to tell the fascinating story of the farmers, builders, and architects who championed the innovative construction techniques. This second edition of A Round Indiana provides updated information on an additional 40 round barns discovered in Indiana’s history. Of the 265 total round barns found at one time on the plains of Indiana, only 71 remain standing. A Round Indiana is a tribute to the state’s endangered buildings and a work to be treasured by those interested in the history of Indiana, architecture, and agriculture.


John T. Hanou:

John T. Hanou, who resides in Severna Park, Maryland, grew up in southern Indiana. Educated as a geologist, his travels allowed him to develop a keen eye for photography. His photographs have won numerous awards, been exhibited across the country, and published in multiple outlets. He has also published several photography books on various subjects.