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Trumbull Historic Barn to Get New Home

A member of the Parks & Recreation Department reportedly had the Town’s Demolition Review Committee check out the barn last year to see if it would be worth saving.

The is reportedly planning to relocate and restore a historic barn on White Plains Road that had been .

According to a report in the CT Post, the department will be taking apart the “English bank” barn beam by beam and will rebuild it in Trumbull’s . The barn will likely need a new foundation and exterior, but the post and beam frame will be rebuilt as is, the report states.

A member of the Parks & Recreation Department reportedly had the Town’s Demolition Review Committee check out the barn last year to see if it would be worth saving, after he learned had planned to tear it down to make way for a new parking lot.

Once the barn is rebuilt the plans to use it for community and educational events, according to the report. It will join another 1800s-era barn in Abraham Nichols Park that the Parks Department had restored years ago.

According to the report, Trumbull has 17 historic barns registered with the Historic Barns of Connecticut, a project of the Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation. The town may have dozens more, according to the report, which are yet to be documented.

Pam Georgas December 17, 2011 at 07:48 PM
Patrick how does one go about registering a barn? I have one on my property that is over 100 years old, but I don't think it is registered.
Patrick Barnard December 17, 2011 at 08:25 PM
Hi Pam, It looks like you have to become a member of the Trust first... more info can be found here: http://www.cttrust.org/1084. Hope that helps!
Pam Georgas December 17, 2011 at 09:06 PM
thanks Patrick, I'll take a look. Our barn is in need of some reparation this year, and we could use some guidance.
Tom Pieragostini December 17, 2011 at 09:44 PM
You can submit information and pictures of a barn using the "submit data" page on the Connecticut Barns website; http://www.connecticutbarns.org/submitstructure.cgi?resource=190 I'd like to know what the estimated cost to the town will be to dismantle and rebuild this barn.
Pam Georgas December 17, 2011 at 09:50 PM
Thanks Tom. Didn't the town receive a grant of some sort for the barn they are moving?
Tom Pieragostini December 17, 2011 at 10:04 PM
If the town did receive a grant or is applying for one to subsidize this, that fact didn't make it into the story. According to the minutes of the Parks Commission, they abandoned the application for a grant to cover costs related to the renovation of the existing early 20th century barn located at Abraham Nichols Park because it would have then had to be opened up for public use. It's currently used for storage.
Pam Georgas December 17, 2011 at 10:09 PM
but the article says that the barn they are moving will be used for 'community events'. So it should be eligible for these barn restoration grants, no?

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