Category Archives: Tom Vitanza

NPS HPTC Visit 12/14/16

Tom Vitanza, Senior Historical Architect and Moss Rudley, Deputy Superintendent, of the NPS Historic Preservation Training Center and Nicholas Redding, Executive Director of Preservation Maryland, paid us a visit to view the property and suggest what they might be able to contribute to the preservation of the Shafer farm. We may be looking at a Spring 2017 volunteer workday to celebrate the 40th year of HPTC.

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Discussing the complete costs of barn restoration, some reaching one-half to three-quarters of a million dollars!

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Discussing a water leak that has been damaging the stone wall. Stone work is much more costly to repair than wood.

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The cause of the damage is rain water runoff from the roof. The temporary fix could be as simple as some plywood sheeting held tight by cinder blocks to divert the water.

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The repaired wall.

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The view east from a second floor door.

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Examining the barn interior. It looks as though the barn may have been rebuilt to accommodate the new technology of a running pulley for moving hay bales. Numerous repairs have been made to the interior over the years. Tom and Moss suggested construction scaffolding on the interior for the southern third of the barn length.

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The view north.

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The view east.

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Paul, Nick, Tom, Moss, and Todd examining the south side of the barn.