In April of 2008 this c. 1830 English style threshing barn was destroyed by a random act of arson. As soon as we were permitted by the insurance company, Building Heritage went in to document what remained of the historic timber frame. We measured and labeled each framing member, produced a computer-aided design of the original frame, then carefully dismantled it.
We worked with Engineering Ventures of Burlington, VT in order to assess which of the original timbers were still structurally sound and able to be used in the re-construction of the building. Many of the beams were able to take their original locations in the frame and charring was removed with a drawknife. The remaining timbers were re-milled to make smaller stock for braces and studs.
By the fall of 2008 the timber frame was ready to be re-assembled and on a beautiful October day twenty volunteers and employees from Building Heritage, Intervale Center and Gardeners' Supply gathered to perform a traditional hand-raising. The building was finished off over the winter and is now home to the Intervale's Food Basket program, a multi-farm Community Supported Agriculture program.
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