While on the subject of McHenry barns, this out of the March 1st Chicago Tribune had an article by Carolyn Stark.
The rough winter we had this past season may have claimed something else besides people's nerves.
There had been plans to restore the 1897 round barn on the 20 acre farm on River Road in unincorporated Marengo. A snowfall so severely damaged the roof that here is now not much hope that it will be repaired.
In the 1890s, farmers believed that the shape was more efficient for milking and feeding the cattle.
The roof was last repaired in 1970.
Sad News. -- RoadDog