Ministers Island Van Horne barn suffers severe damage in storm
Van Horne Estate on Minister's Island has been raising funds to repair historic silos and barn
The historic Van Horne Estate barn on Ministers Island was severely damaged during a recent storm and that has prompted concerns the deterioration of the structure could be sped up.
A storm that swept through the Bay of Fundy on Tuesday and Wednesday destroyed one of the silos, according to a statement released by the Van Horne Estate on Ministers Island.
"It's still too early to determine the full extent of the damage," the statement said.
"We have no doubt that it can be restored, but … the scope of damage makes it imperative that we move on restoration as soon as possible."
Earlier this year, volunteers launched a crowd-funding campaign to raise $30,000 to do emergency repair work on the turreted silos.
A full restoration of the barn, part of the non-profit board's five-year goal, will cost $261,000.
The estate said it hopes this latest storm will not push up the estimated cost for restoring the barn.
In order to raise the profile of the historic building, the estate wants to open up more areas of the barn to the public and eventually host weddings, general meetings and cultural events.
Through that process, the estate hired an engineering consultant and the structure had been well documented with photographs.
The silos have been identified as a restoration priority.
"Unfortunately, due to limited available funds we weren't able to address the needed repairs last year," the statement said.
The Van Horne barn was built in 1898 at a cost of $20,000, which today would be more than $500,000 US. The barn is 25 metres high, 46 metres long and 17 metres wide.
Van Horne kept his prize-winning Dutch Belted cattle and Clydesdale horses there. The barn manager's office was recently turned into a gift shop.
The New Brunswick government bought Ministers Island in 1977.