Sunday, July 17, 2011

Bad, Bad Blogger

Sorry folks.  So much time has passed since the last blog entry.  The progress on the barn has been monumental!  It will take a while to get all the updates and photos posted here, but we will.

This last Friday and Saturday we had a little open house over Draper Days to show folks the progress on the barn.  Our visitors were extremely delighted to see just how beautiful and functional the inside of the Barn will be.  In Historic Preservation terms, the project would be called "Adaptive Re-use" - changing the historic use of the building to a needed and appropriate NEW use.

The outside of the barn keeps it's Depression Era original architecture.  The interior now has electrical wiring, insulation, pine and corrugated metal walls, plumbing, bathroom framing, lighting and more.  You'll want to call Draper Parks department now to schedule your next event in the Day Barn.

The push for the last bit of contributions is ON.  Please donate if you can.  Any amount will help AND as soon as we get the funding the barn can be finished and OPEN for the community!  So that means it could be done by the end of August if we can just get a little more help from our friends.

Remember, NO city funds have been used on the Day Barn.  It is a gift TO the community FROM the community!  Donate $100 or more soon and your name will be on the permanent donor plaque at the Barn!


Sunday, October 17, 2010


Hello Friends -

There has been so much going on at the Day Barn site that it will be hard to report it all!

As you can see, the footings and foundation have been poured and the barn is now set down and anchored.  The barn was actually raised about a foot to provide the proper headroom inside for the activities we anticipate.
Wadsworth construction is donating the services of an architect who is nailing down all possible future uses of the barn and developing a master plan - likely phased - to include, possibly, some amenities we had previously thought out of our reach.  We'll see how that progresses.

In the meantime, work and efforts have moved forward.  A new member of the committee Kerris Koplin is working to locate and attach the correct dimension of lumber around the base of the barn as well as other places where the wood is damaged or missing.  Kerris is also planning to replicate and replace the barn windows.

LaRayne Day and family has spent hours scraping and sanding loose paint from the exterior and the barn is nearly ready for a coat of primer and then top-coat.  Tod Wadsworth is heading up stabilization and structural reinforcement of the interior so the barn will meet code for anticipated snow loads and the anticipated occupancy.

This project is poised to become one of Draper finest outdoor park facilities so please consider joining in to make it a much needed gathering spot for Draper's Town Center.

Cash donations are still very needed as well as donations in these categories -

  • Window Glazing
  • Paint
  • Carpentry
  • Insulation
  • Wood siding panels
  • Electrical materials
  • Electricians
  • Rough Plumbing materials
  • Plumbers
  • Landscaping
  • Irrigation systems
We have a lot more donors to report so please check back for updates next week.  Thanks to everyone for the amazing support on the Day Dairy Barn project!

Monday, May 17, 2010


Sunday, May 16th  - 7:30 am

The Old Girl (yes, she's big-as-a-barn but that's OK) rolled on down 12300 S. to her new home on Pioneer Road.  It was a smooth moove led by Valgardson & Sons House movers and assisted by Tod Wadsworth of Ralph L. Wadsworth construction, Hadco Construction and Rocky Mountain Power.  Thanks to all these wonderful donors and many more for helping to make this happen.

Representatives from the Day family watched the move, several of whom actually worked in the barn from their youth.  It must have been a bit sad to see the barn leave it's historic location but everyone seemed happy to know the barn and the Day family story would continue on.  In fact, the Day Barn will help bring to life much of Draper's agricultural and family history and will also be part of creating new memories for generations to come!

It's not over yet!  Donations are still needed to renovate the barn so please check out this link for a fun fundraiser (did they put the FUN in FUNdraiser??) underway through Fresh Hair Professionals Salon in Draper.  If this sincere group is successful in reaching their goal of $10,000 the Day Barn will be about where it needs to be in terms of cash money!

Check back soon for a list of in-kind contributions and volunteer opportunities to help git-er-done!

Photos soon!

Here are some links to the great media coverage the barn move received -

Old Draper dairy barn saved - It's to serve as an education center and gathering place
Amelia Nielson-Stowell, Deseret News

Draper Historic Landmark is relocated . . .
Fox 13 News and Big Budah

KSL News story on the Day Barn