Reconstruction has begun!!!
August 2020 Progress
These pictures are of the North end of the Barn. The lifting and foundation work was done separately from the main portion of the Barn. August saw the foundation completed and the Barn bolted to the new foundation.
July 2020 Progress
July saw us putting the base rock into the large section of the Barn. The Barn will eventually have a concrete slab floor in its main section. After the base rock is compacted, then a moisture barrier will be laid. The final step is to pour the cement.
June 2020 Progress
In June we poured the foundation for the Barn. When the Barn was originally built in 1891, it sat on a mudsill, which, was the norm for that time. Since, the Barn is now 129 years old, the mudsill has held up pretty well. However, the critters sure have made some inroads. To level the Barn, one side needed to be lifted 12 inches.
April and May 2020 Progress
Due to the generosity and support of the people of Gilroy and the Santa Clara County Historical Heritage Commission, we have been able to begin the next phase of reconstruction of The Miller Red Barn. This phase includes; leveling the barn, foundation preservation, interior concrete slab replacement, and structural upgrades.
Here are some pictures of what has been happening at the Barn.
During the Winter of 2016 the roof on the Barn sustained a great deal of damage. It became imperative that the old roof be replaced as soon as possible. Thanks to our generous supporters we were able to accomplish the feat in 2017.
The first step in getting the Barn ready for reconstruction, was cleaning out years of debris, toxic materials, and biohazardous materials.
2016, saw the Miller Red Barn become a State and National Registered Landmark. It also saw the Barn cleaned out from years of neglect, the ravages of time, and critters. With the assistance of Recology South Valley, South Valley Community Church, The Miller Red Barn Board of Directors, many volunteers and specifically Steve Ashford, the task of cleaning out the debris and junk, that had been in the Barn for years, happened.
Here are some photos from the Clean Up Day, taken by Phillip Laursen;