Dance Barn at Trimble’s Ford

West Chester

THIS OLD BARN BEGAN LIFE as an 18th c. farm house which underwent heavily Victorian-influenced changes in the 1870’s and was ultimately abandoned in the 1970’s. From these tattered remains came the opportunity to create the bank barn the new owners had hoped to find as a feature of their future home for retirement. While the barn was not going to serve well as their primary residence, it was ideally placed as a party barn for their passion: ball room dancing. By carefully peeling back the layers of history, a grand loft space was carved from the first and second floors, but the interior stone walls still tell the story of a house full of fireplaces, now all open to the loft. Throughout the barn, building materials were salvaged and repurposed and new materials were kept to a minimum.

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