177-year-old barn for sale in Penn Hills

| Thursday, Feb. 9, 2012

The owners of one of the oldest barns in Allegheny County -- located in Penn Hills -- are trying to sell the building in the hopes that a new owner can maintain the 177-year-old historic landmark.

"This building is not only important to our community, but to the entire region," said Pat Bond, 81, treasurer of the 75-member Penn Hebron Garden Club, which owns the two-story building at 237 Jefferson Road. "Unfortunately, our organization is no longer financially able to keep it.

"We really would love to see somebody take this building over and do the things needed to make sure that it survives into the future," Bond said.

Jack Miller of the Pittsburgh History & Landmarks Foundation, which has designated the building a local historic landmark, said many of the building's architectural features are intact.

"Seeing the original hand-hewn timbers used for the roof beams and the stone foundation provide a glimpse into this region's past," he said. "We're helping the garden club market this building because it is one of only a handful of barns in this county from that era that is still standing and believe that preserving it is very important."

Details about the barn are on the foundation's website at: www.phlf.org .

The barn was built in 1834 on property owned by the Morrow family, Bond said.

After a group that later became the garden club acquired the building in 1928, the original animal stalls on the lower level were turned into a kitchen, dining room and lounge. The second-floor hayloft became a meeting room and dance floor with a stage.

In addition to holding its meetings in the 4,942-square-foot building, the garden club rents it out for parties and events for up to 100 people. Parking is available for 25 vehicles.

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