Welcome To the Historic Turner Barn and Orchard
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Turner Barn History and Preservation
The William Thomas Turner Barn was built in 1898 near Gardner, Kansas, The Turner barn is regarded as an outstanding example of barn construction, Arthur J. Clinton, a highly regarded barn builder was hired to construct the barn. The Turner barn has been extensively photographed and has been featured in magazines, greeting cards, calendars and other publications.
The barn was built to a high standard of craftsmanship, using red cypress, a durable wood not often used in Kansas. The barn has a limestone foundation. The barn has two levels. The barn measures 62 feet (19 m) wide, 40 feet (12 m) deep and 45 feet (14 m) high overall. It is capped by two large cupolas. The interior has two main levels, with a large hayloft on the upper level. The lower level has intersecting corridors running down the center between the facades, with accommodations for 15 horses and three grain bins.
The Turner barn's exterior materials and detailing are in a remarkable state of preservation. It was placed on the National Register of Historic Places on April 1, 1999.
Still owned by the Turner Family, the preservation of the Turner Barn is our first priority and we are excited to have it open to the public.
Right from Christmas cards to calendars, magazine covers to advertisements, the images of our barn precedes its name. The William Thomas Turner barn image has been featured in countless publications, including a nationally distributed 1920's trade catalog.
Resting peacefully among the gently rolling hills of southwest Johnson County, the Turner barn stands as a recognized, yet unknown, Johnson County Landmark. Built in 1898, and still owned by the Turner family, the barn is now 120 years old. It is a rare and exceptional barn in both Johnson County and the United States for its design, craftsmanship, and longevity.
Photography at the barn
The Turner Barn welcomes professional photographers.
When booking a photo shoot you will have private use of the grounds for the time you have reserved. Your reservation includes access to the inside of the Turner Barn as well as props that we have available
Fees for photo shoots are.
$60.00 per hour/1 hour minimum
$500.00 per day.
Specifications of the Barn
The barn is 40 feet wide, 62 feet long, and 45 feet tall (from the summit), and is constructed of Louisiana Red Cypress. Cypress, an expensive wood, is exceptional for its longevity and durability.
The Design Model
The two-level barn was designed to give space for livestock and equipment on the foundational level, and grain and hay in the second story. The windows and louvered cupolas provided ample ventilation to help dry the loose hay stored in the loft. The barn was used continuously until the early 1990s.