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National and State Registers of Historic Places

Papes Barn

Picture of property 890 Ellis Ave
Ellis vicinity (Ellis County)
Listed in National Register 2015-10-05

Architect: Undetermined
Category: agricultural outbuilding
Thematic Nomination: Historic Agriculture Related Resources of Kansas

The Papes Barn, constructed in ca. 1910, is nominated for its local significance in the area of agriculture as it relates to Ellis County’s early agricultural history and the family farm economy of the early 1900s. The limestone barn also is nominated for its architectural significance as a vernacular gambrel-roof barn, which was specifically designed for hay storage essential to raising livestock. Czech immigrants Ignaz & Josephine Papes were part of a six-family settlement south of the town of Ellis in Smoky Hill Township. Their barn is one of two surviving resources associated with early Czech settlement in the township. It is nominated as part of the Historic Agriculture-Related Resources of Kansas multiple property nomination.

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