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Property Name Krahwinkel, Thomas, Farmhouse
Reference Number 13000556
State Kentucky
County Davies
Town Owensboro
Street Address 10501 Highway 60 West
Multiple Property Submission Name N/A
Status Listed 7/30/2013
Areas of Significance Architecture
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The Thomas Krahwinkel Farmhouse (DA-8) meets National Register Criterion C and is significant within the Historic Context Dutch Colonial Revival Architecture in Daviess County, Kentucky . The nominated property is a significant occurrence of the Dutch Colonial Revival style in Daviess County. The use of the style for a farmhouse in a rural setting further enhances the stylistic elements, and in turn , the building's overall architectural merit. As early as the 1950s, the house was considered a local landmark due to its style and size relative to other nearby farmhouses. In addition to aesthetics of style, the house also points toward the farming success of its original owner. The relatively large house, with distinct style , was built early in the tenure of Thomas Krahwinkel, who owned the property from 1909 until his death in 1963. Krahwinkel's farming of the acres reveals patterns of farming in Daviess County agriculture in the first half of the 20th century, patterns which are discussed below. The farmhouse becomes an important index of what a farmer with an average sized operation might reap from his efforts in early-20th-century Daviess County, Kentucky. The house appears relatively late in the general development of Daviess and Henderson Counties. It is a first generation house in this part of the Ohio River Bottoms, which were cleared of the hardwood swamp forest during the early-20th century. The spatial arrangement of the farm 's extant buildings and distinct landscape features, such as the man-made drainage ditch, remain to give further evidence of Krahwinkel's agricultural activity. Knowing how the property followed local farming patterns helps us appreciate more fully the message within the house's architectural expression. A second basis for eligibility, Criterion A in the Area of Agriculture, warrants further investigation. The man-made drainage ditch , located on the farmstead though outside the area proposed for listing, is part of the State 's most expansive artificial drainage system. That drainage system was created during the early-20th century, when the Ohio River Bottoms were cleared and drained.


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