Eliot Lothrop has a passion for refurbishing old barns.
Starting as an architect, he quickly realized that wasn’t the profession for him.
“[I] Found that there’s this field of historic preservation, [and I] just got the bug for timber framing,” said Lothrop.
His company, Building heritage, restores and relocates old barns in Vermont.
“We like to treat the structure as kind of a piece of art were melding original old timbers and new timber to kind of repair the frame to what it was historically and so we really like working on barns because of that,” said Lothrop.
It’s important to him to keep things as true to the state’s agricultural heritage as possible
“We haven’t ever moved a structure out of the state of Vermont and we try to keep things as local as possible,” said Lothrop.
His latest project involves finding a new owner and home for this 200-year-old barn on route 7 in Georgia.
Although it in dis-repair, Lothrop says it has good bones.
“The farther one from us here has collapsed the roof has caved in on it so its laying in pieces but the ones nearer to us in the background here is a 1790’s structure I’m guessing,” said Lothrop.
The owner of the land and the barn would love to see it brought back to its glory days but told me he can’t afford to refurbish the aging structure.
“In general it’s probably in the 125,000 dollars range,” said Lothrop.
For Lothrop, it’s a labor of love.
“It takes a month or two to do all this work and in just a couple of days you get to put up this structure and it’s just a lot of fun,” said Lothrop.
You can access the Facebook page for Lothrop’s company, Building Heritage, by clicking this link: https://www.facebook.com/buildingheritagevt/