Parsonage Gunstock Barn

25 X 30 feet | 1740 | Historic Rye, New Hampshire

This barn is among the earliest that we at Green Mountain Timber Frames have had the privilege to save. It was going to be demolished to make way for a modern garage. The barn is a gunstock frame, and it was located at the parsonage for the Church of England during the Colonial Period. Because of the principle rafter and purlin design, the roof boards are applied vertically from ridge to eve.

 

Details: 

  • 750 square feet on the first floor, with the possibility of a partial loft

  • Hewn posts, beams, and braces

  • Four bent gunstock structure

  • Full length 30 foot timbers

  • Principle rafters with a ridge beam and purlins

Possibilities:

The Parsonage Barn would be ideally suited for use as a great room addition, studio, or as a small stand-alone house. It could also become an outbuilding or barn once again.

Drawings and dimensions

Drawings and dimensions

For more drawings click on the image and then 'Go to link'

Parsonage Gunstock Barn

Parsonage Gunstock Barn

Parsonage Gunstock Barn

Parsonage Gunstock Barn

1740 Rye, NH frame with roof boards removed. This photo shows the roof purlins and ridge beam

Parsonage Gunstock Barn

Parsonage Gunstock Barn

Beautiful labels on 1740 Rye, NH hand hewn barn. The joinery and labeling is wonderful

Parsonage Gunstock Barn

Parsonage Gunstock Barn

Corner joinery in Rye 1740 gunstock frame. In this photo, you can see the geometry of a corner

Parsonage Gunstock Barn

Parsonage Gunstock Barn

Even the braces are hand hewn on this frame. They are oak, and they are beautiful

Parsonage Gunstock Barn

Parsonage Gunstock Barn

The window opening in this gable was a modification from the original. It could be kept, or we could replace the collar tie that was cut at some time in the past.

Parsonage Gunstock Barn

Parsonage Gunstock Barn

There was no center point on the drill bit used to cut the mortises, which is further indication of how early this barn was built.

Parsonage Gunstock Barn

Parsonage Gunstock Barn

The structure has a very cleverly designed ridge beam and purlins that run between the principle rafters.

Parsonage Gunstock Barn

Parsonage Gunstock Barn

We love the little studs that support the rafters at their mid span!

Parsonage Gunstock Barn

Parsonage Gunstock Barn

Here you can see us lowering one of the 30 foot timbers to the ground.

Parsonage Gunstock Barn

Parsonage Gunstock Barn

One of the gables has studs that supported horizontal siding boards. The other gable curiously had the more traditional vertical siding.

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