This is an intricate structure in regard to its architectural details and craftsmanship. Horses seem to have been of great importance, value, and pride for the Wilder family through the generations.
A great architectural and historical resource on the barn and several additional ranch buildings are in the Historic American Building Survey, Library of Congress.
A quick glance indicates it may be the only such horse barn of its type in the region, and possibly the state, when it was built in the early 1890s with the Queen Anne influence, as seen in shingled pediments.
Stabled the horses and equipment used for riding, polo, and hitching buggies.
Draft animals were never kept in this building, according to the Wilders.
Upstairs was used for hay storage and, on special occasions, barn dances.