The Barn “Shed” (Willmar)


The Barn “Shed” in downtown Willmar is a modest, one-story building, fewer than twenty feet wide. A former drug store, it has subtle curvilinear details typical of the Streamline Moderne style and its 1940s construction date. Now used as ancillary storage for the neighboring Barn Theater, the “shed” has been proposed for demolition in order to create a handful of parking spaces. The Willmar Design Center, which serves as the local Main Street organization, opposes demolition of this building, located on one of the more intact historic blocks of downtown. But a more active use will be needed to ensure its long-term viability.

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