Wednesday, August 24, 2011
Not Much Hope
It's a true post and beam, not the bolted kind that just uses the bolts and brackets, but the real deal. Most of the beams are in phenomenal shape for a barn of this age and life, all it's lines are clean and square. But somewhere along the way, an owner allowed large holes to form in the roof and years of water damage have sent some of these beams to need to be replaced or reinforced. That's before the new rafters, sub roof and roofing need to go on. This barn is quite large, and the roof alone is cost prohibitive, but needing structural work is beyond our means. It's very savable, but not for us financially. As it's been for sale for over a year, no one else seems to want to tackle it. We're so incredibly sad to be having to make this decision. It's a true piece of American history, and certainly one we're sure our little agricultural town would love to see saved. We wanted to make it into a space where friends and musicians could gather and enjoy music together in a wondeful atmosphere, something Music Man has always wanted. And a dream I really want to help him realize.
Short of a miracle windfall, we don't see how it's possible to save it.
Very sad today, ~Peacemom