The barn is the main building at WAS. Documentation confirms it was built prior to 1935 but we don't have an exact date for its construction. The adaptive reuse of the barn began 25 years ago with the start of the WAS. However, its potential is still largely unrealized. The redevelopment of the barn is intended to align with the vision of WAS. The barn project was launched in earnest with Homeboat and followed up with Project Artists' Seth Andrews and Devin Walker. The adaptive reuse of the barn is for a flexible/live work space and the place can be inhabited and live close to the land.
(left) The barn in 1995 and (right) The barn in January 2019.
The barn pre-1994. The barn has been used heavily in keeping livestock for many years. The larger overhead door to the loft had been left open and increased exposure to the interior. The west side had a broken concrete floor and the south side concrete flooring tiered for milking. Small grain storage rooms had been used for keeping livestock. The original loft had mostly been removed. The roof shingles were in generally poor condition leading to deterioration of the sheathing below but the rafters were in good condition.
Design Rebuild - Work in progress 2019 -
Work in progress 08/16/19 - framework of extension connecting first and second floors
Roller door hardware - left (final cleaning/rust removal) right (resting on door - first cleaning complete)
08/09/19 (bottom) New side rolling door for south end in fabrication. The frame is treated lumber and local hickory. The hickory is strong and dense wood for the main frame structure. The exterior siding is local pine and is face down and covered with Block-IT building wrap for water and vapor barrier. The interior is then filled with two layers of AP foil faced insulation for R-10. The interior facing side of pine lap joint siding is added with rough sawn pine edge trim. Hardware will be added to hang the door. The main challenge now is the handling the weight of the door and overall size at 8 feet by 6' 6". (image below is where the door will be installed after the frame is rebuilt))
08/06/19 - Southeast corner of the barn showing progress on roof extension and east wall reconstruction. The left edge large roller door waiting to be replaced.
Reclaimed posts repurposed. These site harvested natural log posts (Chinkapin Oak) were used in the barn to create an alley way. We removed them in 1994 and stored them for potential future use. They are being used just outside the east side of the barn. Old nails and staples have been left in the posts.