A state historian says the Stowe barn in Milford is in good shape: proponents of selling the barn to a cooking school owner have argued the barn is deteriorating.
In a March 18 letter to Mayor Ben Blake, Todd Levine, a historian with the State Historic Preservation Office, said the overall condition of the barn is very good.
“The exterior sheathing is weather tight, there is a newer roof keeping the weather out and the foundation appears intact,” he wrote in his letter. “The biggest deficiency that I saw was the buckled floors on the main floor of the barn, but considering that the structure appears plumb, the condition of the floors are to be a result of moisture from the basement level and no water infiltration or rot. The setting of the barn is intact, an important component to the barn’s cultural agricultural context.”