Once used for drying food for cattle, the Corn Crib is a unique agricultural building from the 1940s that blurs the line between interior and exterior. After decades of freeze-thaw cycles, the 106 ft long skeleton had fallen into disrepair. The redesign imagines the Corn Crib as an interpretation space for both the agricultural history of the 650 acre farm it once helped support, and the "here and now" of this piece of Vermont.
Its foundation rests on land that was once a working dairy farm, in operation from the 1780s to the 1980s. The farm was sophisticated - self-sufficiency, land management and reforestation were always part of its operation. The land is now divided into many uses under many owners: The surrounding fields are held in land trust and used as horse pastures, the field to the east contains a community garden, and the land to the north and south is owned by private parties. A few hundred feet away, a historic mansion and archive provides the link to the history of the place.
The Corn Crib's walls are delicate metal screens, more permeable than substantive. To look at the corn crib is to look through it, which makes it perfectly suited as a place to appreciate and discuss the landscape that surrounds it - both physical and historical.
Created in collaboration with The Fund for North Bennington With support from the Vermont Community Foundation and the Vermont Division for Historic Preservation