The Hutmacher Farm is comprised of a group of buildings constructed in a traditional, ethnic architectural form that originated in the Black Sea region of Russia and Ukraine.
Stone slab structures at the Hutmacher Farm include a house, below-grade cellar, and the ruins of a barn and granary, a summer kitchen, butchering shed, a poultry barn and a garage (which also may have stabled livestock at one time).
The Frank and Veronica Hutmacher house was constructed and added-to over several years’ time (from 1928 to 1963), all rooms in the house are aligned along a single east west axis with an entry vestibule recalling the immigrants’ tradition of a vorhausel.
Unhewn Badlands Cedar roof rafters bear on the masonry walls and on a cottonwood ridge beam referred to as an “estbaum” or “first beam”, with the entire roof assembly then covered by branches, flax straw and clay. Beehive shaped, clay coated chimneys are visible in two locations.
Exterior surfaces of the sandstone walls were originally covered with a mixture of clay and chopped straw, which remains visible in several locations.
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