Restore Round Barn
The objective is to restore the exterior first and then restore the interior, returning it to as close to the original as possible. I hope to raise the funds now, so the roof can be replaced this summer, preventing any further damage to the barn.
I am asking for outside financial help because the round barn is enjoyed and treasured by many. Once restored, my desire is to be able to share the barn with the community and apply to the National Historic Registry as a historical site.
Many people throughout Oregon know this barn as a landmark and have stories to go with it. The history of the round barn is...... it was built in 1949 by John Sumich to be used as a dairy barn. It is 72 feet in diameter and 250 feet in circumference. It has 36 stanchions circling a wood silo in the center and it was constructed with cement blocks. All the sand and gravel for its construction came from Lake Creek and the concrete was made in a portable mixer. John used logging cable from an old logging job site on Swamp Creek Road for rebar. The lumber for the framework came from the local Johnson Mill. Local labor was used for its construction. Inside the barn, the floors slope to the center where there is a trough, wide enough for a flat face shovel. There is a manure trolley on rails above. Once the trolley was filled with manure it was moved over to the manure pit and dumped.
There have been many positive changes since the inital GoFundMe was set up. Some of the major changes are:
First, the barn was listed on the National Register of Historic Places on 07/03/2017, Second, a historic barn preservation expert has assessed the barn and prioritized the restoration process, starting with stabilization and restoration of the interior first, and third, a partnership with The Traveling Children's Heritage Museum. The Traveling Children's Heritage Museum is a 501(c)(3) organization and under its Non-Profit Articles of Incorporation, Article II, Item E, To advocate for the preservation, restoration and protection of all local historical sites and their associated signs..... is where the Triangle Lake Round Barn fits. So, donations made to The Traveling Children's Heritage Museum on behalf of the Triangle Lake Round Barn will be tax deductible.
The inital funds from the GoFundMe account were used for barn stabilization by building false support walls to secure the haymow which supports the roof and for roof patch until the major restoration begins.
Once the barn is completed, we want to host "local history" camps during the summer, using materials from The Traveling Children's Heritage Museum. The landmark barn will also serve as an example of sustainability as students learn about its construction. The barn will serve the agriculture and timber community with its rich history.
I sincerely hope you will help me restore this wonderful and unique old barn so its history can be preserved and continue to be shared with others.
I will post pictures of the progress.
Many, many thanks. Ellen
5/27/2016 KVAL-TV news reporter, Tom Adams, did a special feature on the round barn and restoration efforts.
6/3/2016 Lane County confirmed there will not be assessment fees to have the barn listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
6/27/2016 The first step in listing the round barn in the National Register of Historic Places was accomplished. The State Historic Preservation Office determined, based on the submitted Historic Resource Record, the barn may qualify for listing under "Criterion C" for its unique design and possibly under "Criteria A" for its association with local history.
7/1/2016 Pete Cecil, a historic barn preservation contractor came from Bend to walk through the facility and discuss preparing a building assessment for preservation.
7/6/2016 The decision to use the round barn for agricultural purposes (hay storage/equipment storage) was made so Federal Rehabilitation Tax Credits could be accessed. Discussion about how to use the round barn for agricultural education classes continues.
7/12/2016 A committee from Restore Oregon came from Portland and walked through the round barn.
8/1/2016 A grant application, "Most Endangered Places 2017", was submitted to Restore Oregon.
8/5/2016 A building assessment for preservation was conducted.
8/8/2016 Summer interns from the State Historic Preservation Office will do an Intensive Level Survey for the National Historic Registry nomination application.
I will post more after the building assessment with projected timelines of construction. I am looking forward to continued progress. Thank you again for your continued support and interest.
Here are some pictures of the inside of the barn and of the damage that needs repaired before the roof can be replaced.