Contrary to popular opinion, all barns are not created rectangular and red. Wisconsin alone has approximately 200 round or "round-type" barns.
Folk wisdom attaches superstition to the shape, claiming that the barns were built round so the devil could not find a corner to hide in.
Actually, they were modern technology at its finest, being cheaper to build than conventional barns because they used less material and being more resistant to strong winds because gusts were directed around the structure rather than buffeting against the walls.
Round barns are a fine example of architecture in harmony with the rural landscape. They are an important part of our national heritage and they stand as monuments to their maker's ingenuity and craftsmanship.
In 1952, the restaurant was renovated into a full service restaurant and bar. In 1974, a 27-room lodge was added, designed by James Pfefferkorn, a former Frank Lloyd Wright associate. The two-story lodge wraps around a beautiful wood-domed indoor pool.
Since then an adjacent building has been converted into a 3 suite guest house. In 1988, 14 rooms were added to the main lodge, bringing the total number of units to 44. These unusually spacious rooms offer king size beds, whirlpool baths and cathedral ceilings.
The lodge is joined to the restaurant by a hall called "The Harvest Room" that accommodates banquets and meetings of up to 120 people.
In 2004, John and Mary Pat Kaul purchased the Round Barn Lodge and Restaurant. An entire face lift of the property was executed and a beautiful waterfall and patio were added just off the banquet room.
The cupola on the restaurant was once the top of a silo that ran from the ground level to the top of the structure. Through several windows in the ceiling of the restaurant and bar, patrons can look up 50 feet and see the original roof rafters that help make The Round Barn a historic and exciting structure.
Onetime local resident, Frank Lloyd Wright, said about The Round Barn, "They don't build them like that anymore".
Stroll down the hall to our lodge and view the shopper's showcases, featuring shopping opportunities from Spring Green's interesting retail emporiums. Buy directly from the showcases or go downtown and see even more.
retro Round Barn