Barrett Carriage Barn roof replacement begins

Jun 10, 2010

The Barrett Carriage Barn, located to the left of the Main House, is getting a new roof.  The extant Western Red Cedar roof installed in 1979 has degraded substantially and reached the end of its useful life.  The typical lifespan of a wood shingle roof is usually about twenty to thirty years, so at thirty-one this roof has had a good run.

Keeping the exterior envelope intact and ensuring that water stays out of historic structures is a constant, and costly, task for stewards of historic buildings.  Fortunately, through the Preservation Maintenance Fund, Historic New England was able to replace the roof before leaks caused significant damage to the building or collections objects.  The Carriage Barn, utilized for both interpretive purposes and storage, is an integral and functional part of the property.  This project will have a dramatic impact on the site and allow the continued use of this space for years to come. 

Work is expected to take place over the next two-and-a-half weeks, so please stop by and see an example of preservation in progress.

Read more about how we approach the replacement of roofs.