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Clemson College Sheep Barn

Clemson College Sheep Barn
Clemson College Sheep Barn
Clemson College Sheep Barn is located in South Carolina
Clemson College Sheep Barn
Location S. Palmetto Blvd., Clemson University campus, Clemson, South Carolina
Area less than one acre
Built 1915
Governing body State
MPS [Clemson University MPS][1]
NRHP Reference # 89002140[2]
Added to NRHP January 4, 1990

The Clemson College Sheep Barn is a two-story barn built in 1915 on the Clemson University campus. It is the oldest surviving building associated with agriculture on this Land-grant university.[3] It was named to the National Register of Historic Places on January 4, 1990.[4]


The barn is the earliest existing and nearly intact agricultural building at Clemson University. A dairy barn was built earlier, but it burned. Although it was rebuilt, it has been altered. The barn is currently used for storage.


The barn is a rectangular building about two stories tall on a brick foundation. It has a standing-seam metal, gabled roof. The roof has three square, vented cupolas with metal roofing and ball finials. The facade and about 15 feet (5 m) of the side elevations are constructed of clay brick. This native clay brick was laid in English bond. The brick is similar to that used for the Trustee House, which is a contributing property to the Clemson University Historic District II, and the Campbell Museum of Natural History, which was originally called the Kinard Annex, on the Clemson campus. The facade has wooden sliding door on a metal track. Above this door, there is a weatherboarded section with a window for the hayloft. The gable is weatherboard with a louvered lozenge, which appears a decoration on several other Clemson agricultural buildings. The rear elevation's original door was replaced with a garage door.[3]

Most of the sides are weatherboarded. The northeast elevation has a single door, another doorway covered with weatherboard, and nine window openings that have been covered with vertical boards. The southeast elevation has about ten window openings covered similarly.[3]

Additional pictures of the barn are available.[4][5]


  1. ^ Davis, Martin A.; Edwards, John (31 May 1988). "Historic Resources of Clemson University, 1803- 1940" (pdf). National Register of Historic Places Multiple Property Documentation Form. National Park Service. Retrieved 11 October 2009. 
  2. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places.  
  3. ^ a b c Davis, Martin A.; Edwards, John (31 May 1988). "Clemson College Sheep Barn" (pdf). National Register of Historic Places Inventory - Nomination Form. National Park Service. Retrieved 11 October 2009. 
  4. ^ a b "Clemson College Sheep Barn". National Register Properties in South Carolina. South Carolina Department of Archives and History. Retrieved 11 October 2009. 
  5. ^ Munson, Priscilla; Taylor, Dennis, and Cochrane, Gordon. "Sheep Barn". Clemson Campus Album. Clemson University. Retrieved 11 October 2009. 
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