For generations it was the hub of a working farm.
In the future, its beams will frame a new structure in Vermont.
The dismantling of a 130-year-old barn on Lemoyne Road in Northwood was completed earlier this month, says Jim Intagliata, who purchased the property in June.
While there were tears when the barn came down and passersby stopped to take photos, much of the wood from the 60-foot by 40-foot barn, which was erected around 1871, will be re-used to build a guest house at a ski lodge in Stowe, Vermont.
|Koenig Barn being dismantled.
“It was emotional for the Koenig family. Their grandparents built the barn,” said Intagliata, who lives nearby.
He retained Antique Beams & Boards, Delta, for the dismantling project after an antique hunter told him there could be a market for the wood.
Matt Gleckler, who owns the Delta company, was referred to the architect of the ski lodge project by another designer he works with on the east coast.
“The owners flew in from New York and took a look at it. They liked it and decided they wanted it,” Intagliata said.
Gleckler said most of the wood was ash and elm with some sycamore, oak, beech, maple, and basswood.
“Basically, whatever they had to clear off the farm 130 years ago was used to construct the barn,” he said.
Wooden pegs held most of the beams together; while nails were only used for the doors, said Intagliata.
“You could see ax marks on the beams where the bark was carved off,” he said.
He and his wife, Clara, befriended the Koenig family after moving into their home, which borders on the farm property.
“There were a lot of tears when the first beams were torn down,” Intagliata said. “It was a working farm, They sold fruit, corn, and tomatoes out in front of the barn. Merle (Koenig) said he painted the metal roof by hand in 1961 then joined the Army. He said his dad got him to go up there.”
Intagilata bought a bottle of champagne for the occassion and opened it for the Koenigs as the last of the beams were being removed.
He’s hoping more of the property can now be used for farming with the barn gone.
“I won’t have to cut the grass,” he joked.