Pole Frame Buildings
Dedication Year: 1995
Location: National Frame Builders Association,
Plaque Wording: Pole Frame Building Historic
Landmark Of Agricultural Engineering - In the mid 1940's, "B G"
Perkins of Doane Agricultural Service introduced a new pole-frame
construction along the Missouri-Illinois border. This idea
revolutionized the way barns were built. With pole-frame
construction, Perkins cut building costs in half by: Using
pressure-treated poles for structural support eliminating concrete
foundations; Overlapping standard-length lumber, reducing cutting
and adding strength; Using larger and fewer rafters and roof
supports on edge spanning greater distances; Building single-story
barns with no loft and open on south reducing ventilation problems.
B. G. Perkins' pole-frame barns gave birth to the pole-frame
construction industry which builds most farm buildings and many
commercial and industrial buildings.