It would have been difficult and costly for the District to use the barn because it had no utility service and it was built into the side of a hill, which would have limited accessibility and parking options, said Ralph Schultz, the District’s chief operating officer.
“When all of those factors were taken into account, it became clear that the best option was to remove the structure from the site,” Schultz said.
Lee Werner Excavating in Peotone was hired to remove the barn from the 249-acre preserve, which is located on Royce Road, west of Route 53. The preserve features an 81-acre fishing and boating lake, a dog park, two picnic shelters, and hiking and biking trails.
Materials from the barn will be salvaged before the structure is torn down.
The 2,580-square-foot timber frame barn is believed to have been constructed in the 1880s, though it was remodeled through the years.
The barn includes some unique features: