Early 1800's Sister Barn
1/4 mile down the road from the New Russia Barn sits the Sister Barn. This barn shares the same builders, date, size, and process as the New Russia barn. This barn was made useful to generations of farmers, and it showed. Its sills were rotted away, there was a concrete slab poured encasing timbers, and top plates and posts showed varying degrees of degradation. It was 14-inches out of plumb and 12-inches out of square. Two newer barns were attached to the original structure in the 1870's and 1900's. One was framed at 90 degrees to the roof, and one was bolted through the last bent, utilizing this as its structure. Through the rot, cow stalls, hay, and debris, we found the 30-foot 14-inch x 22-inch tie beams, 40-foot top plates, massive hand hewn posts, and the original craftsmanship. The newer barns were cribbed up or cut away, allowing this barn to be taken down piece by piece. It was knocked apart with a large hammer so every rotten section could be replaced with new material. The barn was then raised a few hundred feet away on new sills and new foundation. The end result is to be a gathering space and art studio.