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Farm Barn

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1887, Robert H. Robertson; 1990–1991 restoration, Martin S. Tierney

The imposing farm barn, one of the country's largest wood-frame buildings at the time of its construction, was the nerve center of the estate's farming operations. Its symmetrical main block, set into the foot of a hill for multilevel access, rises through four levels of stalls, equipment floors, haylofts, and granaries. It progresses from a redstone ashlar ground floor to wood-shingled upper floors and an immense copper-clad roof (originally wood shingled), marked at its center with paired cross gables of matchboards with pseudo-half-timbering that carry a pyramidal hip topped by a clock tower/cupola with a dragon weathervane. Extending eastward around a two-acre forecourt are two-and-a-half-story wings with galleries, half-timbered gables, and conical towers, which accommodated shops for blacksmiths and painters, estate offices, and stalls for eighty teams of mules and horses.

Writing Credits

Glenn M. Andres and Curtis B. Johnson


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Glenn M. Andres and Curtis B. Johnson, "Farm Barn", [Shelburne, Vermont], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Cover: Buildings of Vermont

Buildings of Vermont, Glenn M. Andres and Curtis B. Johnson. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2013, 177-178.

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