1800's Barn/Cabin 16x22 Best Offer!-North Manchester, IN

by James
(North Manchester, Indiana, USA)

Original Barn/Cabin Fieldstone/Padstone Foundation

Original Barn/Cabin Fieldstone/Padstone Foundation

Original Barn/Cabin Fieldstone/Padstone Foundation
Hand Hewn Sills, Rough Sawn Studs
Rough Sawn Board and Batten Siding
Lean-To Addition

Greetings,

Selling whole property, land/building, for best cash offer. All offers welcome, no set minimum.

We have a very unique small barn/cabin that is believed to have been built in the Post Civil War era (late 1800's). It is approximately 16' Wide x 22' Long x 16' Tall. Simple one level barn/cabin with small loft/attic space above. It appears it was later converted to a living space/house and was then added onto as the house grew in size.

The original barn/cabin is still standing, basically complete, hidden inside this now-larger house where it simply became the "living room" space of the larger house. It has been hidden from view for over 100 years and was not discovered until we had a contractor tear out the interior walls/floors/ceilings of the house to expose the original framing beneath for a potential remodel. The original barn/cabin section of the house was a fascinating surprise to all of us and we immediately halted the work to learn more about this antique "barn" inside the house!

The original barn/cabin appears to have been made with rough sawn "board & batten" (vertical "barn style" siding) nailed with antique square nails/spikes to the four hand hewn sill beams. The sill beams are supported by fieldstone/rock padstones placed directly on the ground (very rustic earth-fast pier system foundation).

The hand hewn sill beams are notched to accept the "drop in" floor joists. Sills were held by "tying joists" joined to the sills by tenon and pocket with wooden pegs (only one peg survives now). The two 22' sill beams have old termite damage and will need replacement but the two 16' sill beams still look solid and straight.

The barn/cabin also has rough sawn interior "balloon framing" studs (some studs still have tree bark on them). The interior framing may have been added later to support the plaster/lath walls and ceiling whenever this barn/cabin was converted to a house. Hard to say for sure when it was converted but it appears to be late 19th century, perhaps turn of the century.

We are interested in selling the whole property "as is" for best cash offer - which includes the land (about 7,100 sq ft lot with several tall trees) and the house with the original 19th century barn/cabin that still stands inside. The property is located in town on a quiet tree-lined street with little traffic.

There is a vintage lean-to style addition that was attached to the original barn/cabin structure at some point; and this is made of similar vintage interior framing but has horizontal siding boards instead of the vertical board & batten. Finally, another addition was added to the back of the building at some later point. So there are currently three main spaces in the entire house structure now. The original barn/cabin space, the lean-to addition space, and the later rear addition space.

Half of the original barn/cabin roof still remains intact and can be seen inside the attic space of the house, which is covered now by a newer raised roof that was built high enough to completely cover the old barn/cabin roof without touching it.

There is also some newer wood framing throughout the structure, evidently from previous interior remodels and flooring repairs.

We are happy to hear from anyone who may be interested in making a cash offer in any amount. Best offer takes it. We are not attempting to set a price for the property in advance. We feel it is best to let our buyers decide the real world value based on the current condition of the property.

We have many more photos available, as well as video tour footage, and if you are local you are certainly welcome to schedule a personal tour anytime.

Thank you for your interest. We look forward to hearing from you. We hesitate to post a private phone number on the internet so please respond by email to: [email protected]

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