Originally designed by renowned local architect Edwin Lundie, the renovation of the Red Barn required historic, technical and aesthetic considerations to modify the facility into a year-round facility to better support operations and the educational mission of the Historic Gibbs Farm. The project used cost-effective strategies to maximize value for dollar in the construction budget. This required close collaboration with the contractor to find best value for the historical society during the construction documentation and construction administration phases of the work. No longer accessible or useful as educational space, the majority of the existing mezzanine floor was removed to provide a larger volume in the barn’s large multi-purpose gathering space. The existing mezzanine wood flooring was removed and reused as interior wall paneling to retain the character and charm of the original barn. New kitchen and restroom spaces were designed within the existing floor plan footprint to improve accessibility and circulation. The entire building envelope was modified to create a fully insulated and conditioned structure. Combined with new mechanical and plumbing systems that are installed and coordinated to minimize disruption of the barn interior, the remodeled facility can be operated in all seasons. The project repaired existing damage to CMU, framing, stairs, rotting wood and siding but the overall design of the original barn was retained to maintain the integrity of the original Edwin Lundie design.
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