1860’s Maryland Bank Barn Conversion – – with Conviction

Restored louvres and doors gives the barn period authority.

Restored louvres and doors gives the barn period authority.

What makes this 1860’s bank barn conversion noteable is not just the barn itself, but the care with which original features were restored while introducing a spectrum of modern amenities as seamlessly as possible. Everything fits. Regarding period features, the grade level masonry foundation was relaid, using the existing native fieldstone and employing still living, and still local, traditional dry wall stone mason skills. The original timber frame was restored, in place, using original quality materials and historic joinery. Notable also are the carefully restored forebay louvres, the type of original detail that adds credibility to a building facade. Fitzgerald’s Heavy Timber Construction of Thurmont, Maryland completely engineered all structural elements of this significant building, restored relevant historic fabric and then went on to invisibly embed modern upgrades, such as ground floor radiant heating and cooling, drawing on geothermal wells. The barn was repurposed primarily as a woodworking shop, with all the uses expected and systems required. It also contains handsome and original looking office and living spaces. Bottom line, the end result looks and feels like it evolved comfortably from its original use, over considerable time, rather than having been imposed in a single renovation.

Fitzgerald’s Heavy Timber Construction is a Member of the Guild of Building Artisans.

Forebay ground floor masonry was relaid, same stone, to completely match original.

Forebay ground floor masonry was relaid, same stone, to completely match original.

Piping for radiant heat, entire ground floor.

Piping for radiant heat, entire ground floor.

Livable interior space, opening onto shop floor.

Livable interior space, opening onto shop floor.

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