Pole barns aren’t a new concept by any means. They have been around for quite some time and are an integral part of America’s past and present architectural landscape. We’ll talk about pole barn history and how they have evolved over the generations.
The Colonial Era
Pole barns have Americana written all over them. Their origins, in fact, began during the colonial era. Early settlers constructed pole buildings as livestock and horse barns. Pole construction was the natural choice because it was easy and quick to set up. The land also provided ample raw wood. Unfortunately, no method was available for treating wood at the time. This meant settlers had to frequently repair and replace barns.
Fast forward to the 1800s and early 1900s. Pole barns became more commonplace. Wealthy cattle barons began building bigger, sturdier, and more lavish barns. They also built pole barns for housing ranch workers.
By this time, builders began treating wood with creosote. This allows the structure to withstand time and weather.
Pole barns made a resurgence as World War II came along. Manufacturers had to keep resource use to a minimum during the war, and pole barns required minimal material. The federal government even imposed a $1,500 construction limit per barn. Pole barns were the natural choice since they use 60% less material than a conventional frame building.
Today, pole barns make up car garages, temporary housing units, businesses, and even permanent luxury homes. Many modern pole barns also come with optional features, such as plumbing, in-floor heating, and electrical wiring. At C&S Construction, we create pole buildings and steel buildings in accordance with modern needs.
Pole barn history shows that this is one type of construction that will be around for many more generations.
Edited by Justin Vorhees
Serving customers from Pullman to Bonners Ferry and Wenatchee to Western Montana, including Spokane, Coeur D’Alene, Cheney, Pullman, Sandpoint, Wallace and the surrounding area since 1998