2015 Fischer Farm Barn Restoration Project
The restoration of the barn and the brooding house was made possible by a grant from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. This grant was available to museums operated by units of local government. It was applied for in January 2014. The recipients were announced on June 21, 2014. Preservation Trades, Incorporated broke ground for the brooding house on Saturday, December 27, 2014. The work began in earnest on Monday, January 5, 2015 and continued through out the remainder of the month. By the end of the first week in February the restoration of the barn was largely completed. Following this, work on the brooding house began.

Restoration is one of four methods for dealing with historically significant properties as recognized by the Department of the Interior. It requires that the structure in question be returned as closely as possible to its original condition. This is to be done using original materials. Any replacement parts that are used must be as consistent to the material, character, and style of the structure itself.

This project completes the restoration of the structures at Fischer Farm. In this case, the original stanchions were removed from the barn for safe keeping. The non-historic rolled roofing material was removed and disposed of. The wall paneling was largely removed. Those panels that could be reused were saved. Those that could not be were individually replaced with exact, custom cut replacements. Mortise and tenon joints were cut on the boards and as necessary. The cement foundation was repaired and then the framing timbers put back into place. This was followed by the roof. In this case, a tin roof was applied. Then the wall paneling was replaced. The brooding house was previously dismantled and is now being rebuilt using as much of the original wood as possible.
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