40 minutes from perfect

Yesterday we went to see a property that has long been of interest. Located next to the “Hart Store” and across from the Town Hall. This is the Hart Creamery.



View from the second floor/ attic “window”. The building sits on just over an acre on Hwy. 43 and is zoned CD/ Community Development.

Upon visiting we could see why it has been on the market for over a year. The repairs are daunting as a gaping hole in the roof has allowed a lot of moisture intrusion.




However, being mainly masonry and concrete, there is minimal damage (relative to other buildings we own/ have seen).
It’s not as close to home as we’d like but that is the precise issue most of these small town treasures face.















Original cooler door. SO CUTE.






                                                             Has peeling paint ever been so gorgeous??




Hart Store barn and property, immediately next door. Photo taken on north side of creamery.













Town Hall-across the road. Photo taken from front/ East side of creamery.

So-what is the reuse that will bring this place back to life? Pancakes and eggs on the weekend with some art and music might be nice 🙂

It’s been awhile…

Over the last several months we have continued to work toward a reuse for the barn we purchased last fall. Several items combined have left us without our initial reuse plan put into action. We had hoped by this time to have a new roof and be welcoming people from far and wide to share a farmer’s market, lunch, family reunion, art show or wedding in this amazing, cathedral-like space. It seems at this point that was not meant to be. Our focus now shifts to an attempt at bracing for another winter with only shreds of a roof left. P1040280


Come and see…

The work has begun, and for the past month we have been cleaning, clearing, and sweeping. As we move toward a path of restoration, we want to share the barns with others. While the challenges are many, the potential for reuse is even greater.

The vision we have for this important community space begins now. If you’re available, stop by for cider, cookies, and a tour!

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Ours! Now what?

We are the proud new owners of these gorgeous barns. Their mere existence represents a very important time in Rochester’s history, their location and layout are a lens on how our community became the destination medical center it is today.

But now what?

We have begun clearing out decades of stored items, once important enough to move and keep…now forgotten, mildewed, and mouse chewed…

The potential of this amazing space is nearly overwhelming, but the work needed to save it from deterioration is of utmost urgency. To restore it, funds are needed, to raise funds, the property must perform. We now seek a use that is sensitive to its neighbors, its structure, its history. In the hope of sharing and saving the space, and the place…we begin.

How far is too far gone?

When we visited this old space, I thought the floorcovering in this room was green carpet…but soon realized the multiple points of water intrusion had actually led to moss growing inside the building. It is large amount of space at a great price, but how much rehab will be needed to make it attractive and safe…and is it worth it?

Just outside the center…

Last week we toured a property in need of restoration. It’s best and most appropriate reuse has not revealed itself yet…although we have plenty of ideas! This too, ignited a dicussion about location and place and how those words are not interchangeable…