Saturday, February 22, 2020

Two 19thC Farm Buildings

These two 19th Century farm buildings or ice houses were partially buried for cold storage before refrigeration and are still useful. I photographed them at a Broker Open House on Thursday. They are lovely and are currently being used for storing gardening items.
Have a great weekend.


Pam said...

Lovely old buildings and they appear to be in good condition. I've never seen anything like them before!

Penelope Bianchi said...

They would make such charming outbuildings that could be so useful!!

Dormer windows could provide office! A guest house! Gorgeous stone bottoms.....and beautiful roofs! they have been well preserved; I hope someone uses them! You are so lucky in your area to have these treasures!

Content in a Cottage said...

Penelope Bianchi -- Penny, These buildings are in Hartley Farms, once owned by Mr. Dodge, the husband of Geraldine Rockefeller Dodge. The whole estate is on the National Register of Historic Places so all the old outbuildings in this compound will remain and be maintained by the individual homeowners. The buildings in the common areas are maintained by the association.
The land for my cottage was purchased from Marcellus Hartley Dodge and the man who built my cottage was born at Hartley House. His family was in service there. Yes, I am very fortunate to live in such a nice area and I appreciate the local history.
xo, Rosemary

Content in a Cottage said...

Pam -- Building on a slope required much less foundation material and took advantage of being beneath the frost line for keeping food through the winter. These buildings are protected from ever being torn down because they are on the Historical Register.
xo, Rosemary

Mama Pea said...

Modern technology has enhanced our lives in many ways, but the old "technology" of days gone by provided a lot of convenience for people living in those times. Plus, just look at the beauty (and durability) of that old construction!

Content in a Cottage said...

Mama Pea -- Yes, those beautiful old buildings have stood the test of time and are still useful for miscellaneous storage for garden tools and furniture. The owners will surely miss them when their lovely house is passed on to new buyers.
xo, Rosemary

Rebecca V said...

Thinking about how refreshing those buildings will be on a hot summer day!

The Queen Vee said...

Enjoyed the knowledge you imparted on these out buildings and the estate on which they reside and the connection to your own cottage.