barn raising at the Concord TV Project from 1989
Photo: Courtesy of WGBH
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21. Some old structures just can't be saved

In 1989, the owners of an 1835 barn in Concord hoped to dismantle it and rebuild it as their home. But upon further inspection, our crew determined that the frame and materials just wouldn't hold up. So the old barn became the inspiration for an entirely new timber-frame house that was finished with factory-built parts like structural insulated panel walls and a central staircase made at a custom shop in Wisconsin. And we had an old-fashioned barn raising to put up the frame by hand.
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