When I was growing up, I don’t know how many times I accidentally left the front door open on a cold fall day & heard the age-old scolding, “Close the door! Were you born in a barn?” Well, if you were born in this barn (left), that would probably be something to brag about. (Don’t believe me? —see more photos here). Offered at $1.8 million and sited on over 30 acres near historic Cooperstown, NY, this historic barn offers a dream retreat for someone like me (I visit Cooperstown nearly every year during the Baseball Hall of Fame “Induction Weekend” in late July).
Popularized during the 1960s & 70s, converting barns into homes still seems to be a popular project for people who desire a unique & historic house. And many of these barns offer a level of luxury that could never have been imagined by the cattle, horses, and sheep that used to call them home. A recent feature in Architectural Digest is a good example of how beautiful historic barn houses can be (see photo below from that slideshow).
Hopefully this trend will continue, as preservation organizations & historical societies all over the eastern United States are making new efforts to preserve the older barns that have not yet fallen into disrepair, been dismantled, or demolished. For an example of these barn rescue campaigns, see the Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation’s Barn project here. And check out this website of a New England contractor who dismantles threatened historic buildings (including barns) and re-sells them to people who will re-construct them.