In 2015, a massive renovation effort was undertaken on the historic farmhouse and the two barns. The trim and cornice work were restored to their 19th century splendor and roofs on the house and both barns were replaced. The larger of the two barns had originally been built with part of an old chicken coop as its western wing. This was badly rotted and needed to be removed, all of which led to a re-thinking of the design and function of the main livestock barn. Interior spaces were reconfigured, the roofline expanded to cover the original footprint on the eastern side, the western side where the coop had been completely rebuilt, and the whole structure sheathed in metal to extend its life.
This also was the obvious opportunity to remove the old silo, which had been non-functional for more than half a century, having lost its doors and a number of cement blocks. While not deemed utterly unsafe, it clearly was never going to have a useful life again. With approval from the local historic preservation commission, and enthusiasm from our contractors, the silo was dropped and much of the cement block salvaged to be re-purposed for walkways and other landscape elements on other parts of the property.