This is a 1 ½- story gable-entry barn with a shed-roof addition encompassing the entire length of its east gable-end. The east gable-end of the barn faces Millbrook Road while the ridge line runs east-west perpendicular to the road. The main façade of the barn is the west gable-façade with the main entrance at the center through an over-head garage door. The south eave-side of the barn appears to be blank with the grade level gradually declining towards the west revealing the cement plastered masonry foundation. The south side-wall of shed-roof addition on the east gable-end of the main barn is flush with the south eave-side and has an entrance towards the east through a hinged pass-through door accessed by a concrete step. The east gable-end of the main barn appears to be blank with the shed-roof addition encompassing the entire length. The east eave-side of the shed-roof addition has an eight-over-twelve double-hung sash window at the center. The south slope of the gable-roof of the main barn has a steel ventilator rising at the center.
The wooden frame of the barn and the shed-roof addition is supported on cement plastered masonry foundation. The barn complex has asphalt shingle roofing and red painted vertical siding walls.
The New England barn or gable front barn was the successor to the English barn and relies on a gable entry rather than an entry under the eaves. The gable front offers many practical advantages. Roofs drain off the side, rather than flooding the dooryard. With the main drive floor running parallel to the ridge, the size of the barn could be increased to accommodate larger herds by adding additional bays to the rear gable end. Although it was seen by many as an improvement over the earlier side-entry English Barn, the New England barn did not replace its predecessor but rather coexisted with it, as both types continued to be built.
The 2.16 acres property, Account number – R06393 and Map lot number- 44-0046, is located towards the west of Millbrook Road in a pre-dominantly residential area with individual plots separated by woodland. Residential plots flank the property towards the north, south and the east across Millbrook Road while the area towards the west is covered by dense woodland.
The barn is located almost at the center of the property with its ridge line running east-west perpendicular to the road. The west gable-facade of the barn opens into a semi-enclosed wooden fenced yard. The circa 1865 two family main residence of the property is located towards the northeast abutting to the road while a pool can be seen towards the northwest. The property is accessed by a driveway towards the south of the main residence that continues towards west. A gable-roof shed is located towards the southwest of the barn with its ridge line running north-south parallel to the road. The property has open land towards the north and the west of the barn while dense woodland covers the area towards the south, across the driveway.
T. Levine and M. Patnaik, reviewed by CT Trust
Field notes and photographs provided by: Gloria Earls, 09/16/2010.
Assessors’ records retrieved on March 18th, 2011 from website http://middletown.univers-clt.com/index.php .
GIS information retrieved on March 18th, 2011 from website http://host.appgeo.com/MiddletownCT/Map.aspx .
Photograph/Information retrieved on March 18th, 2011 from website http://www.google.com
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Photograph/Information retrieved on March 18th, 2011 from website http://www.zillow.com.
Sexton, James, PhD; Survey Narrative of the Connecticut Barn, Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation, Hamden, CT, 2005, http://www.connecticutbarns.org/history
Visser, Thomas D.,Field Guide to New England Barns and Farm Buildings, University Press of New England, 1997.