William Maclay - Vermont Architects and Planners
Choices in Sustainability
Schmanska Park Barn Renovation - Burlington, Vermont




This late 1800's barn is a classic example of New England agricultural architecture in Vermont. The land and structure were given to the City of Burlington in the mid 1900's for the city's Schmanska Park. It is one of the last agricultural buildings of its kind still standing within the city limits. The Barn has been renovated to provide meeting and storage rooms and restroom facilities all of which are handicapped accessible. Energy conserving measures were incorporated into the design in addition to correcting significant structural and moisture problems. These were designed within historic preservation requirements. Existing siding, trim, cupola and other historic features were maintained.

A fire to the barn after the design process had already begun posed another challenge, however the project was completed within the limited time and budget constraints.