This project provides design and construction modifications to the historic bank barn located in Agricultural History Farm Park in Derwood to use it for public gatherings associated with seasonal events and festivals, school groups, interpretive demonstrations and social activities/events. The modifications will include obtaining a Use and Occupancy permit for assembly use, as well as replacing the existing roof structure to meet current state and local code requirements. The modifications will maintain the historic integrity and character of the barn, will enable the barn to continue to be used for agricultural purposes and house animals in the lower level, and will accommodate master planned proposed uses for public interpretive programs and special events.
A master plan for the program and facility development of the park was completed in 1990. On October 20, 2005, the Montgomery County Planning Board reviewed an analysis of programming options for the Agricultural History Farm Park, and approved Option 4, which is a fully functioning farm operation with farm interpreters. A link to the staff report is attached here.
A Condition Survey of the barn was completed in 2011, which identified modifications that would be required to obtain a Use and Occupancy permit for assembly use and comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Several recommendations in the condition survey suggested alterations that could undermine historic character-defining elements and would not be desired by Park staff. However, this project will re-assess recommendations, review and discuss requirements with permitting agencies and obtain all required permits. All work shall be designed and constructed in accordance with national, state and local codes and shall follow recommended treatment guidelines stated in the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Preservation of Historic Buildings. The work shall comply with Chapter 24-A of the Montgomery County Code (historic preservation ordinance) and all requirements of the Montgomery County Department of Permitting Services and the Montgomery County Historic Preservation Commission. Additional information on the proposed scope of this project is attached here.
A design-build contract will be issued in May 2013 to a contractor experienced in historic preservation and rehabilitation. Design work will begin in late May 2013.
Mark Buenavista, Project Manager