Serving as a visual representation of a different time and place, barns and agricultural architecture across America have both historical and cultural values that are imitable. Evoking a strong sense of nostalgia and simplicity, barns are an often-overlooked architectural typology worth preserving. Native to Western New York, historical Wells style barns have served as an iconic agricultural symbol since the late 1800s. As the means and methods of agriculture change with technological development, more and more of these exemplary structures are becoming neglected and obsolete. Typically located in remote, rural areas, this thesis looks to determine alternate, sustainable options in preserving these historic structures. More specifically, this thesis will explore the social, economic, and environmental impact associated with both rehabilitating a Wells Barn in situ, as well as via relocation. This assessment will serve as a resource and guide for future Wells Barn relocation projects to minimize any social, economic, and environmental impacts associated with relocating a historic structure.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Barns--Conservation and restoration--New York (State); Moving of buildings, bridges, etc.--New York (State); J.T. Wells & Sons

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Architecture (M.Arch.)

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Architecture (GIS)


Julius J. Chiavaroli

Advisor/Committee Member

Dennis A. Andrejko


RIT – Main Campus

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