Restoration and Reproduction of Unusual 1890 Bank Barn

Banked entrance to upper level of barn.

Banked entrance to upper level of barn.

This bank barn was built in 1890, to unusual proportions and layout. The banked entrance is at the end of the barn, instead of the side, and the footprint is long and narrow. It would be interesting to know the builder’s original use of the barn. At present, it is part of Appleton Farms in Ipswich MA. The very extensive restoration, reproduction really, was accomplished by John Sheridan of Integrity Restoration, of Essex, MA. Powder post beetles had pretty much eaten up the frame, so not much was restorable except for the swinging doors at the upper entrance.

Appleton Farms, Ipswich, Massachusetts

List of Barn Restoration Specialists.

Original conditions, side view of banked entrance.

Original conditions, side view of banked entrance.

Note sliding doors and cupola, both new additions to the design.

Note sliding doors and cupola, both new additions to the design.

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One Response to Restoration and Reproduction of Unusual 1890 Bank Barn

  1. James says:

    I just wanted to say that I believe by that this structure is a carrige house. Smaller than a conventional barn but large enough for horses to board below and the equipment up top. Perhaps hay storage up top as well. Just from the pics. that is what it appears to be.

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