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Strengthening the structure at Barrett House

November 15, 2011

Barrett House structure
Workers excavate dirt from the basement in anticipation of structural repairs.

The limitations of nineteenth-century construction techniques require Historic New England's property care team to perform structural work at Barrett House. This project follows recent drainage work at the property.

Historic New England commissioned a structural engineer to analyze the framing of the Barrett House barn and its ability to support activity in the upper floor. Part of the work involves removing the columns in the basement and re-positioning new ones to better support the structural loads of the barn.

This project is partially funded through the Land Conservation Heritage Investment Program (LCHIP). Please consider supporting this and other projects at our thirty-six historic properties with a gift to the Preservation Maintenance Fund.

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Strengthening the structure at Barrett House