Booth Barn Complex - Ottawa, Ontario
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Weathervane
N 45° 22.640 W 075° 42.668
18T E 444320 N 5025114
Quick Description: The Booth Barn Complex (Bldg. 114-118) is located on the grounds of the Central Experimental Farm in Ottawa.
Location: Ontario, Canada
Date Posted: 2/19/2012 3:21:08 PM
Waymark Code: WMDRM8
Published By: Groundspeak Charter Member Hard Oiler
Views: 11

Long Description:
"The Booth Barn complex merits designation under Part IV of the Ontario Heritage Act because of its eloquent statement of agricultural barn construction at a time when the land upon which it stands, now well inside urban borders, was open countryside. It is also associated with J.R. Booth, the most long-lived of the lumber barons who soared to astronomical wealth on the forest resources of the Ottawa Valley. Booth owned the barn complex and its surrounding acres from 1886 until his death in 1925, at age 99. The Booth complex and farmland was expropriated by the Federal government in 1929. It is further distinguished by its association with the pioneering research of the Central Experimental Farm's Animal Husbandry Division.

The actual date of construction is unclear, but all four parts of the U-shaped barn complex were built between 1867 and 1890, during most of which time the farm was owned by Donald Kennedy. The oldest unit was originally a hay and grain barn, but after Central Experimental Farm acquisition, it, along with the three smaller components, was converted to a cattle barn, its last use in the 1980's. The two silos are of much later vintage. The Hay Barn is the most prominent component of the complex with its high gabled roof. It is square-timber framed, with painted walls of vertical battened siding. Traditionally, agricultural structures are modified and added to as a farm needs change. By virtue of this reality, the other three barns and two silos, although of more modest design and size, are integral to the history of the complex and the cultural landscape."

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Link to Property in The Ontario Properties Database: [Web Link]

Building or Property Type: Agricultural Building

County or Regional Municipality: Ottawa-Carleton

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