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Close the Door! Do You Live in a Barn? Oh, Maybe You Do.
We at Kurfiss Sotheby’s International Realty are joining the Pennsylvania State Legislature in celebrating 2015 as the Year of the Pennsylvania Barn. Why, you ask, would our elected officials feel the need to honor these structures? Why would Kurfiss Sotheby’s International Realty join in on the celebration? Well, my inquisitive reader, the answers, like so many, reside in the not-so-distant past.
First, not every barn in Pennsylvania is a Pennsylvania–style barn. Pennsylvania-style barns are unique in their structure and functionality. As the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission (PHMC) explains, Pennsylvania barns take advantage of natural geographic structure to blend functionality with practicality. These barns, which were constructed from the late 1700s to about 1900, are “banked”–they are built along a natural slope to provide easy access to both the upper and lower levels. This design allows for separate climates between levels and optimum usage of space. Another feature of Pennsylvania barns is the “forebay.” A forebay is effectively an overhang which offers additional cover from the east coast elements. We at Kurfiss Sotheby’s International Realty celebrate the innovation and pride with which these barns were constructed and used. We would like to share with you some of our listings that continue the tradition of handcrafted construction that these beautiful structures embody. Click on the address links for more information on these properties.
‘Fairfield,’ a c. 1850s, completely modernized Solebury estate property for sale, features a quintessential example of the Pennsylvania barn. Though renovated and fully equipped, this barn still serves as a fully functional stable complete with 8 pastures, a lighted indoor & outdoor riding ring and a four-car garage.
Churchville Farm, like most historical farmhouses, has a barn in close proximity to the house. With three box stalls and a tack room, the barn has been well maintained for many years. Historic features and modern functionality create a decidedly warm environment to be with family friends and enjoy fresh country air.
This Tinicum Township Colonial, c.1790, featuring a verdant, tree-lined meadow, has a classic, red Pennsylvania-style barn. Take time to explore this listing and imagine yourself inhaling fragrant air and taking a break from the sun in your beautifully re-imagined Pennsylvania-style barn.
The following properties that also boast beautiful barns:
–Michael A. Hirsch