Steel Dutch Barn


I came upon this hay barn near Somerton this morning. I love the proportions and elegance of the structure. All the members are so slender and refined compared to some of the over-engineered structures put up today. It has 7 bays, all open on the long sides except for a single bay on the north elevation and the west end is closed to keep out the prevailing wind. The curved corrugated metal roof is gorgeous – the dinks and buckles at the edges emphasising its thinness.

You can just make out the name of the fabricator, Henry Kelland & Co ltd of Cannington beneath the paint over the original plaque. The company no longer exists so I have no idea when the barn was built.

The details are so simple and practical. This is a typical post – I’ll call it the Kelland Order after the manufacturer.