It’s a new year, and the East Monitor Barn is looking newer by the day! Since lowering the barn back onto the restored foundation, the restoration team has added steel reinforcement, reframed a large portion of the lower walls, and much more…
After three months defying gravity atop 164,000 pounds of steel I-beams, the roughly 500,000-pound East Monitor Barn touched down onto a restored foundation not long ago! In between our last update and lowering the barn, the restoration team completed finishing touches.
It’s incredible what can happen in just a few short months! How did the East Monitor Barn restoration team navigate the statewide flooding in July? What happened when they uncovered buried treasure at the restoration site? What thoughts did they share in a Stuck in Vermont feature? We get into all of that (and more!) in this July and August construction recap.
Walk through and around the East Monitor Barn with Eva Sollberger in her latest edition of SevenDays’ Stuck In Vermont.
Vermont news station WCAX paid the East Monitor Barn a visit as part of Open Farm Week. They chatted with Executive Director Breck Knauft about the scope and the purpose of the restoration. Check out the video in this post!
Historic barn restoration, or a high-stakes Jenga game for giants? Right now, the East Monitor Barn looks like it could be both! But it wasn’t giants who put the 36 cribbing towers and 164,000 pounds of steel I-beams in place to support the now-levitating barn, it was an amazing team of normal-sized humans.
If you’ve taken an interest in the East Monitor Barn restoration project in the past few weeks, you’ve probably found yourself wondering how such a monumental project even begins. Stabilizing and restoring a 54ft wide, 112ft long, and nearly 70ft tall 120-year-old barn is no run of the mill endeavor.
What makes a restoration a restoration, instead of a remodel or renovation? When a building is restored, every effort is made to maintain the authenticity and heritage of the structure. That means the original timber is maintained whenever possible.