Mare Barn 2009-2007 Photos

Mare Barn Restoration - Maasdam Barns

Photo essay of progress, from Feb 2009, back to July 2007

The replacement cupola for the Mare Barn is finished (Feb 2009)

The new louvers were re-painted black after it was realized that the louvers were black in the old photo.  (02/22/09)
The new louvers were re-painted black after it was realized that the louvers were black in the old photo.

The Show Barn on the right will also get a cupola later. (See older photo below).  (02/22/09)
The Show Barn on the right will also get a cupola later.

Just a reminder of what it looked like years ago (sometime in about the 1920's).
Just a reminder of what it looked like years ago (sometime in about the 1920's).

A bit of snow is still left on the roof.  (02/22/09)
A bit of snow is still left on the roof.

Photos by Jeff Fitz-Randolph, Feb 22, 2009

Sign painted on the Mare Barn, Oct-Nov 2008

A photo from about the 1920's shows a sign painted on the side of the Mare Barn,
so it was reproduced in Oct-Nov 2008, thanks to John Stimson.

The original sign was not centered, so neither is the new one.  (Aug 2010)
The original sign was not centered, so neither is the new one.

John Stimson painting the sign.  (Oct 2008)
John Stimson painting the sign.

This is what it looked like in about the 1920's.
This is what it looked like in about the 1920's.

John Stimson has finished painting the sign.  (Nov 2008)
John Stimson has finished painting the sign

First photo is by Jeff Fitz-Randolph

Volunteers work on the Mare Barn, Oct 11, 2008

The Mare Barn (in front of the Show Barn), Oct 11, 2008.
The Mare Barn (in front of the Show Barn), Oct 11, 2008.

West end of the Mare Barn.
West end of the Mare Barn.

The louvers have been installed in the cupola, but they need to be painted black to match the original.
The louvers have been installed in the cupola, but they need to be painted black to match the original.

Looking at the northeast side of the Mare Barn.
Looking at the northeast side of the Mare Barn.

Painting continues.
Painting continues.

Caulking the poured-concrete wall.
Caulking the poured-concrete wall.

The chicken coup is on the left - it will get attention later.
The chicken coup is on the left - it will get attention later.

Behind the barn is the new hospital under construction.
Behind the barn is the new hospital under construction.

Close-up of the new cupola with louvers, before the black paint.
Close-up of the new cupola with louvers, before the black paint.

Looking up into the loft at the cupola.
Looking up into the loft at the cupola.

The rafters had to be strengthened to support the new cupola.
The rafters had to be strengthened to support the new cupola.

Inside the Mare Barn.  The Louden cupola came from another barn.
Inside the Mare Barn. The Louden cupola came from another barn.

The interior needs more work.  Each mare had their own stall.
The interior needs more work. Each mare had their own stall.

Photos by Jeff Fitz-Randolph, Oct 2008

The new roof for the Mare Barn has been completed. The replacement cupola is almost finished

(Sept 28, 2008)  The Mare Barn comes into view from the lane.
The Mare Barn comes into view from the lane.

(Sept 28, 2008)  The new roof has been installed.  A close-up of the reproduction of the original cupola.
The new roof has been installed. A close-up of the reproduction of the original cupola.

(Sept 28, 2008)  The cupola just needs louvers to be complete.
The cupola just needs louvers to be complete.

(Sept 28, 2008)  The site of the old farmhouse was cleaned up.
The site of the old farmhouse was cleaned up.

(Sept 28, 2008)  Looking back from the new Loop Trail to the north of the farmstead.
Looking back from the new Loop Trail to the north of the farmstead.

(Jun 29, 2008)  The re-roofing is complete, and the cupola is under construction.
The re-roofing is complete, and the cupola is under construction.

(Jun 29, 2008)  The Show Barn, in the background, also needs a new roof.
The Show Barn, in the background, also needs a new roof.

(Jun 29, 2008)  This is a reproduction of the original cupola.
This is a reproduction of the original cupola.

(Jun 29, 2008)  A close-up of the new cupola. It added weigh to the roof.
A close-up of the new cupola.

(Jun 29, 2008)  Additional bracing was required for the extra weight.
Additional bracing was required for the extra weight.

(Jun 29, 2008)  A look up inside the cupola.
A look up inside the cupola.

Photos by Jeff Fitz-Randolph, Jun 29, 2008 & Sept 28, 2008

Work started on the new roof for the Mare Barn, Winter 2007-2008.
A new cupola will reproduce the original

The Mare barn is getting a new roof.   A contractor was hired.
The Mare barn is getting a new roof.

View from the southeast.
View from the southeast.

View from the south.  The old roof covering was removed.
View from the south. The old roof covering was removed.

A new cupola will reproduce the original.
A new cupola will reproduce the original.

Southwest corner.
Southwest corner.

Note the new foundation corner-supports.
Note the new foundation corner-supports.

The West end.
The West end.

Open the barn doors and look inside.
Open the barn doors and look inside.

Looking up thru the loft at the cupola construction.
Looking up thru the loft at the cupola construction.

Early tube & knob electrical wiring.  This will not be used.
Early tube & knob electrical wiring.

View from the northeast. Shed & Show Barn in the background, L & R.
View from the northeast.

Closer view from the northeast.
Closer view from the northeast.

Let's look thru the loft window.
Let's look thru the loft window.

Some sheathing had to be replaced.
Some sheathing had to be replaced.

View from the northeast. These 4 photos by Doug Hamilton 01/23/08.
View from the northeast. These 4 photos by Doug Hamilton 01/23/08.

The shingling has started. View from the east.
The shingling has started.

View from the southeast. The cupola is being enclosed.
View from the southeast.

View from the southwest.
View from the southwest.

January 18, 2008 -- News item from 1570 KMCD, Your Hometown Station
by Emily Humble, News Director

Work Progresses on the Maasdam Barns

A piece of Jefferson County history returns to its original state. The Maasdam Barns, located on Highway 1 south of Fairfield, received a HRDP grant to repair the roofs to the historic structures. Dick Reed, Supervisor and of the Maasdam Barns Preservation Committee, says they just started the work a couple of weeks ago.

"We're replacing the shingles on the mare's barn, it's the first one down the lane," Reed says. "They are wood, cedar shingles like the originals. The barn also originally had a wooden cupola on it. Since the buildings are for educational purposes we're trying to restore them back to the original."

Dan Reneker has been working to create a replica of the former cupola that was atop the barn, and Reed says things are staring to look really nice at the site.

"Once we're done with this barn, we'll start working on the others," Reed says. "But it takes a while when you're using volunteers. We've really been helped out a lot by grants, as well as donations from area residents for the project."

Photos by Jeff Fitz-Randolph, Dec 2007, and Doug Hamilton, Jan 23, 2008

Mare Barn, July 2007.  After much brush had been removed.

The Mare Barn - the windows will be restored, the roof will be replaced, and the foundation needs work.
The Mare Barn - the windows will be restored, the roof will be replaced, and the foundation needs work.

A hospital will be built to the north.  More brush needs to be removed.
A hospital will be built to the north.

Looking at the west end of the Mare Barn.
Looking at the west end of the Mare Barn.

The foundation needs some repair, particularly on the north side.  The brush to the east will be removed.
The foundation needs some repair, particularly on the north side.

The Mare Barn's roof is an old rubber-type covering, probably installed in the 50's.
The Mare Barn's roof is an old rubber-type covering, probably installed in the 50's.

Inside the Mare Barn.  The metal Louden cupola came from another barn.
Inside the Mare Barn. The metal Louden cupola came from another barn.

Each mare had a stall.
Each mare had a stall.

Close-up of a stall.  Hay was thrown down from the loft above.
Close-up of a stall. Hay was thrown down from the loft above.

This Louden cupola will be on display somewhere.
This Louden cupola will be on display somewhere.

Photos by Jeff Fitz-Randolph, July 2007

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