It is with some sadness that I am making this post today. When I attended the Annapolis County Heritage Advisory Committee meeting yesterday I learned that the Province of Nova Scotia has started the process to deregister the Troop Round Barn in Granville Centre (just east of Annapolis Royal) as a Provincially Registered Heritage Property. If anyone was wondering, the building was designated in 1984. I can understand why this process has started but it makes me sad all the same. No government authority wants to see something dire happen to one of their registered heritage properties under their watch. Without some immediate attention, this property is heading toward something dire.
The Troop Barn is a graceful octagon with a cupola or lantern on top. It is clad in vertical clapboard and painted a now fading shade of red. This barn has been a landmark in Granville Centre since it was built in 1888 and is one of two surving octagonal barns in this province.
Why have we come to this point? The simple (perhaps simplistic) answers are money and purpose. In our modern age, nobody is willing to purchase the Troop property and try to operate a farm. Even on a small scale, farming would not make much sense economically. So, if the barn is not being used for its intended purpose, what can you do with it? I have heard lots of interesting suggestions. With some significant effort and money, it would make an interesting music hall or theatre. It would also make a very good community hall. In a similar way, it would make an interesting artist's studio or art gallery. I have heard people ponder turning it into some sort of learning institute. Of course, it could also be converted into residential or office space.
What keeps any of this from happening is money. The property is available. It could be purchased for $50,000.00 Canadian but, that would just be the start. It would take a great deal of money and effort to stabilize the barn before any other work could take place. Believe me, stabilization is necessary.
To sum the whole situation up, the property is being deregistered because of its condition. Unless something is done quickly, the barn is going to collapse.
All for now,