Little Barn

House 34

Four pictures of the Little Barn (from the east), showing the renovation of the building starting from the state before work began to its completion.

Within sight of the Große Doppelquertenne stands the so-called Kleine Scheune (Small Barn). It was built in 1724 as a half-timbered stable building and is part of the farm that belonged to the Francke Foundations and served to provide for the self-sufficiency of the school town with its several thousand people. Later, two coach-like annexes were added, which have been intentionally preserved in the 2020/21 renovation. To create new space, we have extended this former agricultural building right up to the roof and will make it available to the Federal Cultural Foundation for its work in the future.

Historical Views

Detailed view of a site plan of the Francke Foundations with the designations of the buildings around 1750. The Small Barn is marked as a horse stable.

The Horse Stable

Detail of a map of the Francke Foundations (c. 1750)

Around 1750, the building is recorded in a site plan of the Francke Foundations as a horse stable. Straw may have been stored under the roof later, which is why it appears in descriptions a little later as »Stable and Barns in the Meierey« In the 20th century, the floor is known as a straw floor; straw mattresses were made here. At the same time, it was used as the paper barn of the printing house and, in the annexes, as a wood and coal barn.

Surprises on the building site

For reasons of economy, many buildings in the foundations were erected without foundations, including this one. Over the centuries, this led to the building sagging by more than 20 cm at the south-east corner. Under the guidance of the structural engineers, the truss construction was straightened in the course of the restoration and underpinned with a foundation.