Landmarks Heritage Preservation Commission

Address: 15220 Military Road

Year Built: 1934

Architect: Unknown

Builder: Unknown

Style: Dutch Gambrel

Designated Omaha Local Landmark: 3/5/2002

Listed in the National Register of Historic Places: 3/28/2002

The Ackerhurst barn is an extraordinary example of a Dutch Gambrel dairy barn. This style of barn was once a ubiquitous resource in Douglas County and is now very rare.

The Ackerhurst barn was built in 1935 by Anthony W. Ackerman for the Ackerhurst dairy, described at the time in a Omaha World-Herald article as "one of the finest dairy barns in the middle west".

A great many steps were taken to insure the purity and quality of the milk produced by the Ackerman dairy herd. For example:

  • a veterinarian was on duty at all times
  • high quality hay was trucked to the dairy
  • all of the milking equipment installed was manufactured of stainless steel, then state of the art

The scale of the Ackerhurst barn is impressive, measuring 193 feet long by 40 feet wide. The second floor of the barn retains a cathedral-like hayloft comprised of wooden trusses.

Local Landmark Designation Report

National Register Nomination Document

 

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LL 0100 Ackerhurst Eipperhurst Barn