See? Preservation does happen once in a blue moon and so does adaptive reuse.
This property is on Swedesford in East Whiteland and has the Battle of the Clouds historic marker out front.
I have zero clue who is doing it or what is happening exactly. They deserve a big thank you for caring enough to take on an adaptive reuse in lieu of a tear down.
Barn again. 😊
It used to be a big red barn. Marooned on the corner of Planebrook and Swedesford in Malvern. I have posted about it before.
Well look at it now. It has been completely restored and adapted to office space. I am not crazy about the brown siding, because I loved the big red barn of it all. but I applaud whomever bought it and gave it new life.
Here is a flyer that was sent to me about an upcoming zoning meeting on October 3rd in Easttown Township. Apparently the developer (Bentley Homes) is seeking a demolition permit now I presume. Not shocking after that fabulous effort to market the barn to a new owner, right? And the thing is this: this barn has had restoration to modernize it and is in good shape. So why wouldn’t it sell unless it wasn’t really ever marketed? Why not make the barn into a house as part of this development? Oh never mind, why ask redundant questions.
A historic barn means nothing to Bentley Homes, does it? They are, after all the people who took a heck of a lot of forest off of Forest Lane (Willistown Township, Malvern), right? The people who have done the same de-treeing thing on County Line Road in Radnor Township, right? This is a sin if this barn gets demolished. If you can help or know someone who will buy it, please go that meeting.
You can always build another Tyvec wrapped box. Structures like this barn? Not so much. We need to preserve history like this. And this is perfectly adaptable to modern use. This developer has more than enough jingle in his pocket that he could either sell or reuse this barn if he wanted to.
Once again I reiterate my plea to residents in Chester County to lobby any elected official they can to slow down development in the county.