Crossroads for Kids is so excited about the progress we've made on the Historic Isaac Keene Barn Renovation Project!
Historic Significance: The Isaac Keene Barn was built circa 1870 and is one of the oldest and the largest historic barns in Duxbury. The condition of the barn is very good, making it an excellent candidate for restoration. The barn is registered as an historic building, and is a significant part of the historic streetscape of Duxbury.
Community Involvement: Camp Wing serves hundreds of local children and families through our Camp Wing Day Camp program and our partnership with Duxbury Youth Baseball. At all phases of the project, local contractors will be used to support the local economy. Once completed, the restored barn will be open to the public for both general visits and for use as a venue for community events.
Project to Date: In partnership with the Town of Duxbury and the Community Preservation Committee, the first phase of the Isaac Keene Barn restoration was completed in fall 2011. This involved detailed architectural and engineering drawings, securing the sagging foundation, restoring the granite pillars, and replacing the walls. With a solid foundation in place, the next phase of the restoration can take place. This phase was made possible through a CPA award of $85,000, with Crossroads for Kids contributing more than $30,000 in funds and donated goods and services.
What's Ahead for the Barn: The next phase of the restoration involves creating an interior steel “skeleton” for the barn that will bring the building up to modern day building codes for wind load. In addition, the roof, exterior shingles and windows will all be replaced with historically authentic materials. The final piece of the restoration is to recreate the unique hexagonal cupola. The total projected cost for the remaining restoration and renovation of the barn is $550,000.
Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions about the Isaac Keene Barn restoration project.