921 North Medford Road, North Medford, Nova Scotia, B0P, Canada
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Statement of Significance
Description of Historic Place
The Sanford Barn is situated on a brow of a hill, under Blomidon Mountain with an excellent view of the Minas Basin in North Medford, Nova Scotia. This wooden barn was built around 1900. The footprint of the barn plus a twelve foot (3.65m) buffer are included in the provincial designation.
The Sanford Barn is valued as it is a very rare surviving example of Nova Scotian barn construction, with overlapping roof rafters forming a shape similar to the hull of a ship.
The Sanford barn was built around 1900 by local shipwright and farmer, Leverett Sanford. The Sanford Barn is a copy of another barn Sanford built for Sir Robert Borden.
The Sanford Barn used unique and very rare wood construction techniques. The barn is built of overlapping roof rafters that form an inverted "keel," similar to the hull of a ship. It is the last surviving example of this design in Nova Scotia.
The barn has been maintained and is in fine condition.
Source: Provincial Heritage Program property file, no. 63, 1747 Summer Street, Halifax, Nova Scotia.
Character-defining elements of the Sanford Barn include:
- wooden construction, with six-over-six windows, plain wooden cornerboards and cornice;
- overlapping roof rafters forming an inverted "keel", similar to the hull of a ship;
- location on a working farm near the Nova Scotian coastline, with an excellent view of the Minas Basin.
Province of Nova Scotia
Heritage Property Act
Provincially Registered Property
Theme - Category and Type
- Expressing Intellectual and Cultural Life
- Architecture and Design
Function - Category and Type
- Food Supply
- Barn, Stable or Other Animal Housing
Architect / Designer
Location of Supporting Documentation
Provincial Heritage Program property file, no. 63, 1747 Summer Street, Halifax, Nova Scotia.
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