Farmhouse Friday: Pre-Revolutionary Barn Now a Residential Jewel with “Bakery”
Independence Day is tomorrow and we thought we’d celebrate by featuring a super ‘Murican house for today’s Farmhouse Friday. Our pick? Leap Year Barn in New Britain, Pa. If you haven’t heard, ole’ Leap Year is considered one of the oldest stone bank barns in the country as it was built circa 1752. Sure, it’s a pre-revolutionary construction, but it’s also a property embodying ideals that went on to shape early America, according to the listing:
This Sui generis example of early colonial building prowess, the innate appeal of earth born building materials and the enlightened infusion of modern luxury make this history defining home a true American Masterpiece.
The Sweitzer-style converted barn now lives as a unique full-time residence with things like a bakery room with wood fired brick pizza oven and industrial grade center island, living room with ceilings reaching to the peak of the barn, and lower bank-level bonus rooms resembling an 18th-century bed & breakfast. Details include exposed hand-hewn beams, stone walls, and a wood-burning fireplace wrapped in artisan stone work.
Outside, the grounds encompass specimen plants and trees (the listing says the property was formerly inhabited by a professional horticulturalist), as well as an in-ground pool and grotto sitting area made of locally sourced wood beams and stone pillars. (A working masonry hearth is also located here.) Also on the premises are a garden shed and potential studio space. Specs and photos below.
THE FINE PRINT
Square feet: 4,223
Parking: Detached 2-story garage
115 Aarons Ave, New Britain, PA, 18901
Listing: 115 Aarons Ave, New Britain, PA, 18901 [Addison Wolfe Real Estate]