Third Barn Section

"The third major phase of construction occurred in the late 19th or early 20th century, completing the barn much as it appears from the exterior today. Two timber frame bays were added to the eastern end of the original English barn. The principle frame timbers were hand hewn, but the layout and construction methods had evolved to a still simpler method from the "square rule." The method, described by architectural and building writers such as Fred Hodgson in the late 19th century signaled the end of the craft skill approach to heavy timber framing construction. In the United States, it was not until the revival of interest in timber framed buildings, in the 1970's, that these earlier framing methods began to be understood."   John Butler 7-19-99


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