Perhaps the most iconic structure of the North Family Shaker Village in Mt Lebanon, NY, the Stone Barn was erected c.1860 and eliminated the need for over twenty other structures which previously housed dairy and agricultural activities.
At nearly 200' long and 50' wide, and up to four stories high, it reportedly
was the largest stone barn in the United States. The original roof form was characterized
by a continuous clerestory that lit and ventilated the interior. This was altered to a gable roof
with a large cupola in 1879. Three massive wooden wings extended to the south with open cow
and equipment sheds.
In 1972, the Great Stone Barn burned, destroying all
the timber framed structure, roof and windows. Today
the structure is a ruin, with only its masonry shell and
a minimum of historic fabric in poor condition
remaining. Exposure to the weather has deteriorated
the stonework. Steel braces were added in 1984 to
support the south side, but additional stabilization is
urgently needed to save the structure.
This model is best viewed when setting the Historical Imagery layer to 2005.
National Park Service documentation for this structure is archived at the Library of Congress: http://memory.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/r?ammem/hh:@field%28DOCID+@lit%28NY0107%29%29/