Bank Barn RenovationContemporary Hall, Philadelphia
Bank Barn Renovation: Wynnewood, Pennsylvania
Thick fieldstone stone walls and a solid hand hewed chestnut post and beam frame provide the existing structure. The Barn, built in 1862, is set into a gentle slope with an entry court and koi pond providing a new foreground to the house. The existing two story wood frame space, that once contained bails of hay, is enclosed to become the new entry, gallery and dining room. A large opening in the south facing stone wall connects the interior of the house to the landscape. The interior of the house plays like a big tree house. Lighted from above, all the rooms of the house are placed in this space using walls and volumes to partition public from private spaces.
What Houzz contributors are saying:
In this stone barn conversion, the existing timber frame of an 1862 barn was preserved, as well as the exterior stone walls, and new interior volumes delineating public and private spaces were inserted. The chestnut timber frame displays the markings of the original framers who shaped the beams by hand hewing them. The deliberate choice to reuse the existing structure and integrate the new architecture into the old makes this story rewarding and interesting. The narrative of old and new intertwining enriches both.Note how the stone here differs from that in the previous example, not only in color and form but in the mortar joints. Each tells a story about the individuals and the local building climate where it was constructed.