Musk Ox Farm celebrates Colony barn renovation
Staff at the Musk Ox Farm in Palmer celebrated the completion of their major Colony barn renovation project.
The nonprofit saved and restored the iconic gambrel roof from when the barn was constructed in the 1930s.
A construction crew removed the roof in June. The lower part of the barn was demolished to make a new museum and gift shop.
Executive director Mark Austin said it was crucial for the farm to preserve the integrity of the gambrel roof, including its star cut-out.
“When you’re on the inside you can see the light coming in. It’s beautiful to see that and know that one trademark stamp our barn had is still there,” Austin said.
The $1.2 million project added a silo that houses an elevator to make the second floor wheelchair accessible.
The upstairs is insulated to provide a year-round space for activities and workshops.
“It’s beautiful beyond any expectation. It’s going to absolutely change everything about how we’re able to provide educational programming to students, people of all ages, fiber artists, anyone in sustainable ag. This is absolutely groundbreaking for us, it’s incredible for us,” Austin said.
The museum portion of the building is still under construction.
The gift shop is stocked and ready for Nov. 30's Small Business Saturday with a 30% off discount on qiviut.
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