Rain delays Onion Barn work in Weston Center

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Repair work has been delayed at the Onion Barn in Weston Center. —Kimberly Donnelly photo

Work was supposed to be under way replacing the roof and doing some foundation work at the iconic landmark in Weston Center, the Onion Barn. But Mother Nature had other plans.

Tom Landry, town administrator, said last week that work that was scheduled to begin the first week of the month has been pushed back because of rainy weather. Dave Gengo of Salem Preservation Inc. of Ridgefield, the contractor hired to do the repairs, has other projects that were delayed because of the rain and must be completed before he can begin work at the Onion Barn, Mr. Landry said.

Mr. Gengo is expected to be coming to Weston this week to get his building permit, Mr. Landry said, with the expectation that work will begin sometime next week.

First Selectman Gayle Weinstein said last month that because the work being done is considered “minor repairs,” it does not need approval from the Historic District Commission, even though it is located in one of Weston’s historic districts.

The project includes $7,500 for a new roof and $2,500 for foundation work. A broken roof beam needs to be repaired and some cabling inside the building needs to be done for stabilization.

The town is paying for the repairs as part of the current budget, using money from the maintenance and repair line item.

The Onion Barn was originally built in 1830 and was used to store the town’s bumper crop  — onions. The existing structure is not original: The roof, siding and floor have all been replaced over time.

Over the years, the barn has primarily been used as a bulletin board, with banners and signs about town events and activities posted on its outside walls.

The Weston High School Boosters Club has also used the barn for its bottle and can collection fund-raising efforts. However, that had to be suspended in the spring when structural issues at the barn became a concern.

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