A couple of years ago, the family took a roadtrip out to the east coast. I stumbled across these pictures and thought I’d share them, just for the curiosity they present.
While visiting a heritage site called Ministers Island in New Brunswick, we explored the buildings on this site (the summer cottage of Sir William Van Horne, engineer behind building the railroad across Canada).
The buildings on the site were built around 1892, though the original settlement on the island was about 100 years earlier by an Anglican priest (thus the name).
Ok…enough history lessons.
The thing that really intrigued me was when we went into the barn…which is impressive in size alone, but even moreso because of the way it was constructed.
The only skilled workers available in the area at the time were boatbuilders, so this is who Van Horne commissioned to construct the buildings. The result is that the truss architecture in the barn is very unusual and if you know what to look for, you will see dramatic similarities between the truss structure of the roof and the construction of a large turn of the century ship. The boatbuilders knew little of building construction, so they relied on their knowledge of boatbuilding to frame up the barn.
Here are a couple of pictures….they don’t do it justice, but it’s unusual to look at and impressive to see in person. Certainly not something you’ll find in your local subdivision. :-)
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