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.
Project Supervisor Dan Lee has a meaningful history with the Vermont Youth Conservation Corps and its two iconic Monitor Barns. His journey started with a chance encounter with the West Monitor Barn during college, later leading to two impactful seasons as a Corps Member. Now, back on campus, Dan plays a crucial role in supporting subcontractors.
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.
Every so often, you hear a life story so serendipitous that you almost can’t believe it’s real. Eliot Lothrop’s path to becoming the lead restorationist on the East Monitor Barn project is one such story, 20 years in the making.