miller & smith

So about those stacks of wood..

We’ve been teasing you over on Facebook with some pictures that look like this..

Pretty sure at this point you are wondering “What’s with the stacks of wood?” and, perhaps more importantly, ”What could this have to do with One Loudoun?”

Well, it all started when Miller & Smith’s Bill May found a barn, and with help of Allen Cochran, owner of Cochran’s Stone Masonry and Timberframing, put a plan into place.

So, what’s the big idea?

This beautiful, late 1800’s historic barn will become the center point and backdrop for One Loudoun’s Amphitheater – the perfect community gathering place in One Loudoun for concerts, open-air markets, special events, wine tastings, etc. Old Loudoun meets new Loudoun.

Here’s the crazy part: The barn actually has been disassembled (hence the stacks of wood) and will be reassembled at One Loudoun using all of the methods and materials of the original time period in which it was first built. That’s where Cochran’s Stone Masonry and Timberframing comes in.. he is one of only three historical restoration companies in the country. As Allen Cochran says, “not every old building is significant, we treat them as if they were.” Allen Cochran shares our value of historical treasures and green and sustainable building, and through his historically correct craftsman techniques and materials, he is helping us to bring these values to the center of One Loudoun.

Below is Allen Cochran and the model for the reconstructed barn.

With the help of Cochran’s Stone Masonry and Timberframing, architect Pat Barry, and structural engineer Rob Fling, we anticipate the Amphitheater at One Loudoun will be complete for spring/summer 2012. Stay tuned for pictures as the building process and this exciting story progresses.