The Land Conservancy of San Luis Obispo County is pleased to announce that the Pereira Octagon Barn has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The iconic local landmark on South Higuera is one of only two octagonal barns left in California and uniquely symbolizes the region's agricultural roots.
"Being on the National Historic Place registry provides additional protections to ensure the Octagon Barn's historic integrity over the long-term," said Kaila Dettman, Executive Director of The Land Conservancy.
There are fewer than 40 sites currently listed in San Luis Obispo County. Even Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa is not on the national register.
The National Register is administered by the National Park Service, and is the country's official list of United States historic sites considered "worthy of preservation." Inclusion in this esteemed Registry "honors the property by recognizing its importance to its community, State, or the Nation."
"Our success in getting the Octagon Barn listed as a National Historic Place is due to the dedication of Land Conservancy volunteers, especially Ed Carson, Pete Jenny, Lynne Landwehr, and B.K. Richard," said Dettman. "Our volunteers spent hundreds of hours gathering research and compiling the application so that this beloved community barn would get the recognition it deserves."
Today the barn is in excellent condition, having been completely restored over a 15-year period by volunteers of the Land Conservancy of San Luis Obispo County.
The Pereira Octagon Barn is one of the few West Coast examples of the eight-sided barn architecture, which was intended to be more efficient for the farmer in the days before mechanization made farm labor less arduous. This one-story barn encloses roughly 5,000 square feet of space.
The barn served as a dairy barn for approximately 50 years, in a county known from the 1860s to the 1950s for its production of milk, butter, and cheese.
Constructed in 1906 at a time when local dairy people were realizing the importance of adapting modern methods of farming, the barn was part of a Grade A dairy operation until the mid-1950s, at which time the property was converted to a beef cattle operation.