Watch for an official Virtual Reality walk-thru experience soon of the National Register Lutze Housebarn!
November 2017 saw us putting the finishing touches on the final corner of the Lutze Housebarn's main barn foundation. That means the entire perimeter of the main building was structurally complete and sitting on a solid foundation!! Now on to the ~1890 'addition' foundation and timberwork on the west end.
The Lutze Housebarn is part of an Old World courtyard style farm yard that is representative of the tradition of the entire Centerville area. The half timber style Housebarn is unique for its 'fechtwerk' construction and its size.
The family lived on the east end and the livestock on the west end of the building. Large animals were housed on the main floor as well as the cooking activities. As heat rose, it helped to warm the smaller animals and bedrooms on the second floor. The third floor was used for straw and hay storage that acted as insulation.
Centreville Settlement, Inc. is restoring the building to the 1880ís. The majority of the work has been done by dedicated volunteers. A goal of the restoration is not only preservation of the building but the preservation of the building skills and techniques needed to construct the original building. The Lutze Housebarn restoration is the only known project that invites visitor and volunteers to hands-on learning of timber framing, stone masonry, joinery, timber shaping, interior preservation, artifact cataloguing, etc..
Visitors have participated in an archeological dig, documenting for the National Archives, documenting and stored artifacts, and are learning heritage orchardry. They have worked with original tools shaping timbers or placing stones. They have participated in the camaraderie of a work day as the settlers may have experienced, and enjoyed many a communal farm style lunch.
Primary Lutze Housebarn restoration goals for 2012 were:
And for 2013 we hoped to:
In 2017 we:
For 2020 we look to:
And for 2021: