Scale House

A scale house or scale shed provides a facility for weighing individual animals. These buildings tend to be relatively small; gabled; built of frame; and situated on a lane or road. Interior features include scales. The scale shed depicted here has large, off-center doors in each gable end, so the animal could enter one side and exit the other. The doors are off-center because the weighing area inside is divided by a partition from a side aisle where the human handler could conduct the weighing safely. The aisle is accessible from an eaves-side door.

Greene County Scale Shed
Scale Shed, Greene County, c. 1925.

Scale Shed Floor Plan, Greene County, c. 1925
Scale Shed Floor Plan, Greene County, c. 1925.