36' x 71' x 38' High Gambrel Roof Barn - Cook, MN

by Brett Hagen
(Cook, MN)

West end

West end

West end
East end
Inside hay loft roof
Hay loft floor

History: This barn was built for use in conjunction with a sawmill at the peak of the logging era in the United States. Because of that this barn's design is original and "one of a kind". The unique design features a flat bottom floor, no gutters, no stalls, no granaries, a huge hay loft, an original 1875 metal roof, an open lower level corner wall which incorporated bridge construction technology of the day.

Structure: The beams in this barn are mostly hand hewn with just a few of them rough cut. The beams all appear to be mostly old growth Norway pine with some possibly White pine or Cedar. The board for siding and flooring are rough cut actual 1" thick Pine and possibly Cedar and/or Poplar. The outside of the barn is a weathered gray and it appears to have never been painted. The Roof is the original metal with a few sheets missing resulting in water damage a some places. The barn is still very structurally sound even with some water damage. The boards are fastened with square nails and the beams are fastened together with a large C shaped blacksmith made, hammer in, metal fasteners, no pegs. Some beams are also notched using a mortise and tenon method.

Salvageable wood: A conservative list of salvageable wood is as follows:
15 - 35' x 8" thick hand hewn two sides full length tree beams
8 - 16' x 8" thick hand hewn two sides beams
4 - 18' x 8" x 8" hand hewn beams
3 - 32' x 8" thick hand hewn two sides full length tree beams
75 - 17' x 6" x 6" hand hewn beams
60 - 17' x 4" x 6" hand hewn beams
60 - 8' x 4" x 6" hand hewn beams
52 - 12' x 4" x 6" hand hewn beams
25 - 17' x 6" x 6" rough cut beams
900 board feet of 1" x 6" and 1" x 4" boards in roof
42' x 33' area of floor boards ranging from 6" to 12" wide at various lengths
71' x 18' area of wall boards ranging from 6" to 12" wide at various lengths
20 6" x 6" hand hewn beams ranging from 8' to 20' long
600 board feet of 6" to 12" wide 1" thick boards at various lengths.

Clean up will be done by us the owners of the barn.

Any prospective party interested in reclaiming/salvaging beams and lumber from this barn must be respectable, dependable, and must carry the proper insurance.

Contact Brett Hagen at 218-410-6077. Please call in the evenings after 5 PM if possible.

More pictures are available if requested.

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